Social and Emotional Learning Improves Well-being in Young People


Generation Z (Gen Z) adults are a group of people born roughly between 1997 and 2012; they are reportedly suffering mentally and physically more than any other group, with 91% having experienced emotional or physical symptoms associated with stress. In addition, they are lonelier and in need of more emotional support than any other generational grouping. Approximately 13–20% of the persons between the age of 15 and 24 years (youths) living in the US experience an emotional, behavioral, or mental disorder each year.

New research studying the effects of health education for young people employed curriculum that included the science and practice of coping skills and behaviors, and resulted in dramatic improvements in the students’ well-being. The course curriculum included information and activities around topics such as gratitude, compassion, mindfulness meditation, service and more. The students in the health education course improved in many areas, some of which were happiness, self-compassion, and spiritual well-being, while the control group of students who were not in the health class actually deteriorated over the 16-week period.

To read more about the research and think about how you can bring this type of curriculum to young people and those in your sphere of influence, please see the full report below.