Presentation by Dr. Jean Twenge
Psychology Professor and Author

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Solano Catholic Church Hall (adjacent to SMCHS)
Parents and students are
welcome to attend.

Join us August 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by psychology professor and author Dr. Jean Twenge who will provide a close-up look at how Generation Z is different from Boomers, GenX’ers, and Millennials, based on data from 38 million people. This includes their relationships with technology, their mental health, how they view work, and what motivates them. 

Teens and screens: What’s a problem, and what’s not 
Dr. Twenge delivers solid advice on managing screen time for better teen well-being while keeping peace in the household. You’ll walk away from this session with ideas for how to help your family find a better balance with technology and be healthier and happier. This talk is also appropriate for students to learn about their generation and how to better manage screen time. 

Guiding the smartphone generation
Understand how GenZ is different. Even more, they want to guide this generation toward more independence and better mental health. Previous audiences include Everfi, the Western Association of Independent Camps, Safer California, the Changing the Odds conference, Pearson Education, the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Young Marines, Growing Leaders and the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Understanding and improving GenZ’s mental health 
Dr. Twenge discusses the latest research on mental health trends for children, teens, and young adults as well as what can be done to counter the rise in depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide in this group. Previous audiences include the Student Mental Wellness Conference, the California Psychological Association, CICAMH (Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health), the Calciano Symposium, the UT-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center, Hope4Utah, and Orygen — the National Centre for Excellence in Mental Health (Australia).

ABOUT Dr. Jean Twenge

A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Since this is the first cohort of young people who have never known a world without iPads and iPhones, and since these devices have remarkably shaped their consciousness and behavior, Twenge naturally enough has dubbed them the "iGen." Dr. Twenge is the author of more than 180 scientific publications and books.

Her books include:

  • Generations: The Real Differences between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Silents and What they Mean for America’s Future
  • iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
  • Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before
  • The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)
  • Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)
  • Social Psychology (co-authored with David G. Myers)

Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on generational differences and technology based on a dataset of 39 million people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, parent groups, youth advocates, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.

She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by guest speakers belong solely to the guest(s) and not necessarily to SMCHS.


A Special Presentation featuring Dr. Jean Twenge

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. / Location: Solano Catholic Church Hall (adjacent to SMCHS)

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