A new study offers relief and hope to parents of adolescents with the finding that teen mood swings may decline as they get older.
“Mood swings are greatest in early adolescence,” said Dominique Maciejewski, a doctoral student and leader of the study at VU University Amsterdam. “Most teens get less moody across adolescence.” “Parents would be advised not to worry too much about their teenager’s moodiness, as these will decline in most cases,” Maciejewski said.
In addition the study found that there are differences and similarities between boys and girls. Although “girls show more mood swings in sadness and happiness, both boys and girls show similar changes in their mood swings across adolescence.”
The teens in the study were 474 Dutch teens, and 40 percent had been considered at high risk for aggression or delinquency at age 12. For three weeks of each of the five years, the teens rated their daily moods as happy, angry, sad, or anxious. Researchers looked at fluctuations during the five year span. Results were published in the journal Child Development.