The news article that I have chosen to analyze is titled, ” Studies Show Normal Children Today Report More Anxiety than Child Psychiatric Patients in the 1950’s.”

It’s basically informing the reader that anxiety rates have sky rocketed since the 1950’s. It explains that various reasons why anxiety have gone up, a few being low social connectedness (due to high divorce rates, more people living alone, and a decline in trust in people) and high environmental threat.

The Checklist:

  1. Is there an author?

While there doesn’t seem to be a “written by” section anywhere on the page, it also says, “Jean M. Twenge, PhD can be reached at….” and it does make reference to her research in this article.

2. where was this published?

It was published by American Psychological Association and all their content has been reviewed by the APA Council of Representitives as part of the APA policy.

It doesn’t neccessarily have a comment section, but it does have a “Website Feedback” section.


3. Does it have a date of publication?

The date of publication is December 14, 2000. So the site is quite old, but in that period of time, the information is relevant.

4.  Does it have trustworthy sources?

The article sites another article that is written by Jean M. Twenge who has a PhD.

Article: “The Age of Anxiety? Birth Cohort Change in Anxiety and Neuroticism, 1952-1993,” Jean M. Twenge, PhD, Case Western Reserve University; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 79, No. 6.

At the bottom of this article, it states:

“The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 159,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 59 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.”

5. Is this article well written?

The article is very well written, the only exception being the word, “connectedness.” Which is showing up on my computer as a typo.

6. Does anything in the piece make me angry or afraid?

No, I am not mad or afraid of anything, it’s very straightforward and factual.


The other article I have chosen to cross-check this one by is “Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y.”

Since this article was published approximately fifteen years after the first, it is more modernized. In it, Rachael Dove explains that many of the reasons for anxiety today are, “The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst.” Also the statistics are more updated, so that 57 percent of females in University experience “overwhelming episodes of anxiety.”

While my first article is more factual based, the second is more personal. The woman writing it has suffered from anxiety and explains many of the reasons why, but also how to help coax one’s anxiety. She has a desire to make the reader acknowledge that anxiety is a problem, and she makes this statement at the end: “If only we could put down our phones, and stop worrying about how we come across, maybe we could find a way to be truly present in the moment.”





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