Millennials Excel At Many Things…Except This – PsychTests’ New Study Reveals What Gen Y’ers Can Learn From Boomers

Research by PsychTests.com indicates that while Millennials possess unique skills and traits that differentiate them from older generations, they still struggle to deal with one factor: stress.

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One that thing that Millennials can learn from Boomers is how to cope with stress effectively.

Baby Boomers are better at dealing with stress than younger generations.

The Millennials are also a generation that grew up with an abundance of helicopter parenting … many members of this cohort were sheltered from problems by their parents.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

They’re tech-savvy, open-minded, and achievement-oriented, but if there is one thing that Millennials can learn from older generations, it’s the ability to cope effectively and productively with stress. Using data from their Coping Skills Assessment, researchers at PsychTests discovered that Millennials are more likely to use unhealthy and unproductive techniques to cope with stress.

Millennials can balance school, work, financial obligations, and relationships – and the sleep deprivation that comes along with it. But even this multi-tasking generation who can text while making dinner and hold up an engaging conversation with a friend will struggle with stress management…even more so than Baby Boomers, according to statistics by the researchers at PsychTests. They compared the coping methods used by Generation Y, Generation X, and Baby Boomers, and discovered some interesting differences:

(Note: Scores range from 0 to 100. The higher the score, the more often the coping method is used.).

HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES

  •     Problem-Solving: A coping strategy that involves actively looking for solutions and creating a “plan of action” to deal with a stressful situation.
o    Score for Millennials: 64
o    Score for Generation X: 67
o    Score for Boomers: 71

•Information-Seeking: A coping strategy that involves conducting research and seeking out information to better understand and deal with a stressor or problem.
oScore for Millennials: 59
oScore for Generation X: 65
oScore for Boomers: 68

  •     Negotiation: Consists of making compromises in order to behave in way that fits the constraints of a situation.
o    Score for Millennials: 63
o    Score for Generation X: 66
o    Score for Boomers: 69

  •     Social Support: Consists of looking for emotional support from loved ones or friends.
o    Score for Millennials: 51
o    Score for Generation X: 53
o    Score for Boomers: 57

  •     Positive Cognitive Restructuring: Involves changing our perspective of a problem and viewing it in a more positive or productive light.
o    Score for Millennials: 64
o    Score for Generation X: 67
o    Score for Boomers: 71

  •     Emotional Regulation: Using relaxation techniques or finding healthy outlets to channel negative emotions.
o    Score for Millennials: 56
o    Score for Generation X: 56
o    Score for Boomers: 63

UNHEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES

  •     Rumination: Involves thinking obsessively about a source of stress or a problem.
o    Score for Millennials: 54
o    Score for Generation X: 51
o    Score for Boomers: 45

  •     Avoidance: Tendency to avoid thinking about a problem and doing what is necessary to resolve it.
o    Score for Millennials: 36
o    Score for Generation X: 30
o    Score for Boomers: 26

  •     Opposition: Tendency to lash out at others when under stress, or to blame others for one’s problems.
o    Score for Millennials: 42
o    Score for Generation X: 39
o    Score for Boomers: 34

“Dealing with stress is one of those ‘par for the course’ issues: Essentially, the older you get, the more you’ve experienced the good and the bad, and the better equipped you are at dealing with stressful situations,” explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of the company. “What the Boomers have is resourcefulness. When faced with a problem, they can tap into the knowledge and experience they’ve accumulated and find a way to resolve the issue or at least make it more bearable. This isn’t to say that Millennials can’t handle pressure, but the fact that Boomers have ‘been around the block’ a few times, allows them to cope with stressors that are often new to Millennials, like work, financial, and relationship problems. The Millennials are also a generation that grew up with an abundance of helicopter parenting … many members of this cohort were sheltered from problems by their parents. They didn’t get a chance to experience failure, to learn the hard way, and to build up their resilience. The good news is that healthy coping strategies can be learned – and that’s something that older generations can teach to younger ones.”

Want to assess your coping skills? Go to http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3111.

Professional users of this assessment (therapists, life coaches and counselors) can request a free demo of this or any other tests from ARCH Profile’s extensive battery: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/testdrive_gen_1.

To learn more about psychological testing, download this free eBook: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/personality-tests-in-hr.

About PsychTests.com
PsychTests.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. PsychTests.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically-validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.

PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.


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When it comes to dealing with stress, experience works in one’s favor. Boomers use healthier coping strategies than Millennials to deal with stress.

One that thing that Millennials can learn from Boomers is how to cope with stress effectively.