Optimism may keep kids from being depressed

January 11, 2011 2:12:29 PM PST
A new study finds the most optimistic adolescents may be somewhat less likely to be depressed than their peers.

Researchers have also found a slight link between optimism and less heavy drug abuse and bad behavior. The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Scientists say attitudes regarding optimism and pessimism that form in early life may play a big role in the choices that adults make about their health. The study is the latest in a series of examinations on optimism.