Biden: ‘The Generation Between 7 and 17 Is More at Risk Than Any Generation in History of U.S. in Terms of Anxiety’

Biden: ‘The Generation Between 7 and 17 Is More at Risk Than Any Generation in History of U.S. in Terms of Anxiety’

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(CNSNews.com) – Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the Democratic presidential nominee, told a group of veterans in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday that “generation” of Americans currently between 7 and 17 years of age are “more at risk than any generation in the history of the United States in terms of anxiety.”

“For example, the generation between seven years old and 17 years old is more at risk than any generation in the history of the United States in terms of anxiety,” said Biden.

“Why?” he asked. “Because they see mom and dad splitting. They see this crazy thing of everybody’s home. There’s increased domestic violence, because people are staying home. There’s increased child abuse, there’s increased whole range of things.”

“One of the things that we have to do is, speaking of schooling, we used to in our public school system have school psychologists in the school, social workers and folks who, school nurses,” said Biden. “But now we only have one school psychologist for every 1,507 kids.

“Even though we now know that mental problems, it starts off with anxieties that exist, in fact, generate drug addiction,” Biden said. “And, so, by putting psychologists back in the school system, we can identify early an entire generation that is dealing with serious, serious uncertainty about their state of security.”

Here is the transcript from the part of Joe Biden’s presentation in Tampa where he talked about putting more psychologists in schools:

Joe Biden: “One of the things that we have to do is, speaking of schooling, we used to in our public school system have school psychologists in the school, social workers and folks who, school nurses. But now we only have one school psychologist for every 1,507 kids. Even though we now know that mental problems, it starts off with anxieties that exist, in fact, generate drug addiction. And so by putting psychologists back in the school system, we can identify early an entire generation that is dealing with serious, serious uncertainty about their state of security.

“For example, the generation between seven years old and 17 years old is more at risk than any generation in the history of the United States in terms of anxiety. Why? Because they see mom and dad splitting, they see this crazy thing of everybody’s home. There’s increased domestic violence, because people are staying home. There’s increased child abuse, there’s increased whole range of things. And so one of the ways to get ahead of this, so there’s not as many Vincent Houses that are going to be needed 20 years from now, is catch this early to keep kids on track.

“And we find out when you have that occur, and you put these three, four, and five year olds in school as opposed to in daycare, they increased by 58% the prospect they’ll go all through 12 years of school without running addiction problems and/or mental health problems. But having said that, what you’re talking about is incredibly consequential.”


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