While playing sports in early childhood is good for boys’ mental health, new studies suggest that girls do not seem to make a difference.
Researchers have found that boys who participate in soccer, Rounders, and other sports are less likely to experience depression and anxiety after a few years.
The study also suggests that this process works in reverse and that boys with less “emotional distress” are more likely to become physically active in adolescence.
Researchers examined sports and physical activity habits reported by children aged 5 and 12 and their parents, and symptoms of mental distress between the ages of 6 and 10 reported by children’s teachers. rice field.
“A 5-year-old boy who has never participated in sports appears unhappy and tired between the ages of 6 and 10, is difficult to enjoy, and is more likely to cry, fear or worry a lot. I understand, “says Professor Linda. Pagani at the University of Montreal.
“Also, boys who showed high levels of depressive and anxiety symptoms in middle age subsequently had decreased physical activity at age 12, while girls did not see any significant changes,” she said. Said.
Marie Jose Harbeck, also from the University of Montreal, said one explanation for gender differences could be that girls may have different risks of depression and anxiety and the functioning of “protective factors.”
Girls are more likely than boys to seek help from family, friends, or health care providers to disclose mental distress, and psychological support from these social connections protects them better.
“Also, because girls experience more emotional distress than boys, this gender-related risk may lead to early detection and intervention of girls and protect them from further damage. There is, “she said.
Study on monday Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.