THE KIDS AREN’T ALL RIGHT: SAME GOES FOR THE MOMS

Anne Tergesen

Two days ago, I called Dr. Suniya Luthar, a professor of clinical and developmental psychology at Columbia University, to ask how high school seniors from privileged backgrounds are holding up under the pressure of college applications. I got a more wide-ranging response than I had bargained for. According to Luthar, the incidence of anxiety, depression and drug abuse among well-heeled suburban kids is as high as it is for their inner city peers. A significant reason is the pressure these kids feel to succeed, Luthar says.

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