The Week in the Life Study uses mobile touchscreen devices to understand how adolescents’ daily experiences affect their mental and physical well-being in everyday life. In doing so, the study aims to answer the following questions:
- What are the most frequently experienced stressors (negative events) and uplifts (positive events) in adolescents’ daily lives?
- What effects do these everyday stressors and uplifts have on adolescents’ behavior, self-regulation, and health?
- Can individual differences (such as personality and genetics) help identify which adolescents are more sensitive to their daily experiences than others?
- Our hope is that this work will provide new ideas for educators, researchers, and others regarding which everyday experiences have the strongest effects on adolescents’ well-being, and whether adolescents who are typically viewed as “at-risk” may also be the most likely to benefit from intervention and enrichment activities.