Existential Anxiety in Adolescents: Prevalence, Structure, Association with Psychological Symptoms and Identity Development

@article{Berman2006ExistentialAI,
  title={Existential Anxiety in Adolescents: Prevalence, Structure, Association with Psychological Symptoms and Identity Development},
  author={Steven L. Berman and Carl F. Weems and Timothy R Stickle},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  year={2006},
  volume={35},
  pages={285-292}
}
Existential anxiety is hypothesized to be a core human issue in a great deal of theoretical and philosophical writing. However, little is known about the emergence of these concerns and their relation to emotional functioning in youth. The purpose of this study was to examine the phenomenon of existential anxiety in a sample of adolescents. Data on existential concerns, identity development and psychological symptoms were collected on a sample of 139 youth in grades 9–12. Results indicated that… 

A Developmental Model of Existential Anxiety During Adolescence

Following up on the discussion of risk factors in Chapter 2, this chapter begins with research on resilience and protective factors that may impact the level of distress and/or impairment an

The Incidence, Prevalence, and Risk Factors Associated with Debilitating Existential Anxiety in Adolescents

This chapter answers several important questions, including how common existential anxiety is in adolescents and what predicts the emergence of existential anxiety in teens. The author argues that

An Existential–Integrative Treatment of Anxious and Depressed Adolescents

Today’s generation of young clinicians appear unfamiliar with how to incorporate existential concepts when treating adolescents experiencing internalizing symptoms. Empirically validated treatments

Existential Attitudes and Eastern European Adolescents’ Problem and Health Behaviors: Highlighting the Role of the Search for Meaning in Life

Although the role of existential attitudes in adolescent health-related behavior has received increased attention recently, historically it has been underinvestigated in the field. The present study

Impact of Self-Compassion on Existential Anxiety in Young Adults of Pakistan

It’s not much about the existential isolation but about our existential uniqueness, the feeling that no matter how deeply connected we are with someone, there is still an unbridgeable gap between

Children’s Existential Encounters in Literature

The second chapter comprises a review of literature on the topic of the existential in children. It starts with an inquiry into its definition before it looks at education and psychotherapy as those

The Relationships of the Five Existential Concerns with Depression and Existential Thinking

Five major Existential Concerns (ECs) have been posited: Death, Isolation, Identity, Freedom, and Meaning (see Koole, Greenberg, & Psyzezynski, 2006). The present study is an analysis of the

Generalized Anxiety Symptoms and Identity Processes in Cross-Cultural Samples of Adolescents from the General Population

BackgroundApproximately 20 % of adolescents around the world experience mental health problems, most commonly depression or anxiety. High levels of anxiety disorder symptoms can hinder adolescent

Dealing with existential themes in acceptance and commitment therapy : a qualitative interview study

The present paper firstly reviews the relevance of death anxiety and meaning in life for psychotherapy, and their place in Existential Therapies, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Systematic Review of Existential Anxiety Instruments

Existential anxiety (EA) is an expression of being occupied with ultimate concerns such as death, meaninglessness, and fundamental loneliness. Philosophers and psychologists have claimed its
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 35 REFERENCES

Fears in Chinese children and adolescents and their relations to anxiety and depression.

TLDR
Results were explored in terms of the uniqueness of the constructs of fear, anxiety and depression and their contributions to a more global construct of negative distress, labeled 'negative affectivity'.

Psychosocial developmental theory in relation to anxiety and its disorders.

We must advance beyond the simple ‘stimulus charting’ of fears in youth if we are to truly understand their significance in development and their long-term impact on adjustment Ollendick, King &

Anxiety disorders in children and adolescents: Research, assessment and intervention

Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health afflictions in children and adolescents. Sadly, the majority of children with these disorders are not referred for professional help. This

Developmental differences in the expression of childhood anxiety symptoms and fears.

TLDR
Models of the etiology of childhood anxiety disorders tracing continuity and change over time should consider differences in the developmental expression of childhood fears and anxiety symptoms.

Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Compact, authoritative guidance to effective assessment and treatment of the most common psychological difficulties in children and adolescents - phobia and anxiety disorders This authoritative but

Fears in British children and their relationship to manifest anxiety and depression.

TLDR
The fears reported by the British children were found to be nearly identical to those found in Australian and American children, and although a moderate relation was found between fear and anxiety, only a modest relation wasFindings indicated that anxiety and depression were highly inter-related.

Fear in children and adolescents: relations with negative life events, attributional style, and avoidant coping.

TLDR
Overall, negative life events, negative attributional style, and avoidant coping were found to be predictive of levels of fear, but the relation between positive life events and fear was moderated by mother's level of education such that this prediction was obtained only for those children whose mothers were low in education level.

Death anxiety in older adults: a quantitative review.

TLDR
Results indicated that lower ego integrity, more physical problems, and more psychological problems are predictive of higher levels of death anxiety in elderly people, and a suggestive but equivocal relationship was found for the predictor institutionalization.

Experiences of meaning in life: a combined qualitative and quantitative approach.

TLDR
The Life Regard Index (LRI), an instrument designed to measure the construct of positive life regard, was found to be strongly associated with the interpersonal dimension of well-being.

Fears in children and adolescents: normative data.