The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to the right. You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

Waldorf Principle Explored: Play in Early Childhood

If you embrace Waldorf education in early childhood (preschool to age 7) you are probably familiar with the emphasis on play over lessons and the importance Waldorf education puts on play. This article provides scientific support for that Waldorf principle…

Psychology Today

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago. This increased psychopathology is not the result of changed diagnostic criteria; it holds even when the measures and criteria are constant. The most recent evidence for the sharp generational rise in young people’s depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders comes from a just-released study headed by Jean Twenge at San Diego State University. Read more at Psychology Today Magazine

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