Young Adolescent responses to positive events: associations with positive affect and adjustment

The authors examined how maximizing and minimizing responses to positive events were associated with sustained positive feelings about the events and adjustment. The results indicated maximizing responses were related to more intense feelings about the events one week later. Minimizing responses were associated with internalizing and externalizing behaviors over and above coping with negative events. The findings indicated that adolescents can maximize or capitalize on positive events but minimizing is linked to poorer adjustment.

Gentzler, Amy L., Morey, Jennifer N., Palmer, Cara A., and Yuen, Chit. (2013). The Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 663-683.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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