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Boys: ‘Discussing’ Problems a Waste of Time

By Richard Whitmire — August 23, 2011 1 min read
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Pretty amusing piece, actually. Parents of boys will nod their heads in agreement.

From article:

When researchers asked young people about how talking about their problems would make them feel, boys responded that they didn't see talking about problems to be a useful activity, the study says. Boys didn't express angst or distress about discussing problems any more than girls. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 children and adolescents. Girls had positive expectations for how talking about problems would make them feel, such as expecting to feel cared for, understood and less alone, researchers said. Boys reported that talking about problems would make them feel "weird" and like they were "wasting time." They did not expect to feel embarrassed, worried about being teased, or bad about not taking care of the problems themselves.

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