Measuring Friendship on Snapchat

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Looking down at her phone, the teenage girl clicked on her Snapchat app to catch up with her friends. Each of her friends was listed in the chat window along with a flame icon and number beside many of them. The girl methodically went down the list and made sure she sent a message to each of her friends. The girl was starting to have…

Teen Help-Seeking for Mental Health Problems

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode explores where adolescents and young adults go to seek help for mental health issues and what stops them from pursuing services. We are featuring a journal article titled Where would young people seek help for mental disorders and what stops them? The authors surveyed over 3000 Australians between the ages of 15 to 25 years old to see what barriers exist for help-seeking of mental…

Young Children and Their Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A little girl breathlessly runs up to her mother in the park and says, “I just made my new best friend!” The mother is very happy for her daughter and asks several follow-up questions like, “What’s your friend’s name?” and “Does she live around here?” Her daughter just says, “I don’t know” to each question but then adds, “We were both playing in the sandbox…