Admissions Scandal, College Pressure, and Mental Health

Quote from Ellen Braaten - "We have this idealized version of perfection, which is true perfection."

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Topics: Culture + Society, Stress

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On today’s show, Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve to think deeper about our American culture that’s contributed to issues like the recent college admissions scandal, as well as less extreme (and less fraudulent) measures we take to ensure our kids succeed at a level that’s far above-average. What message does it send to young people today when we have expectations of true perfection, or go as far to take actions to suggest they’re not good enough to succeed on their own?

We’ll discuss this and more. Write to us with your thoughts!

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Technical direction provided by Andrew Bergner
Episode edited by Sara Rattigan
Music by Gene Beresin
Special vocal solo by Ellen Braaten

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Steven Schlozman, MD

Steven Schlozman, MD

Steven Schlozman, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), course director of the psychopathology class for the MIT-HMS Program in Health, Sciences and Technology, and former co-director of the Clay Center for Youn...

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Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is executive director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and former co-director for the MGH Clay Cente...

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Gene Beresin

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Gene Beresin, MD, MA is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also...

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