New Research Identifies “Invisible Risk Group” Among Youth

Dr. Vladimir Carli (National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health) and his team examined risk behaviors of over 12,000 adolescents across eleven European countries. As expected, the researchers identified a “high-risk group” (teens who engaged in many risky behaviors) and a “low-risk group” (teens who engaged in few risky behaviors). Surprisingly, the team also identified an “invisible risk group.” This group tended to report a high level of media use, sedentary behaviors, and poor sleep. The rate of behavioral health problems (i.e., anxiety, suicidal thoughts) among adolescents in the “invisible risk” group was similar to that of adolescents in the “high-risk” group. Click here for the full article.