Originally Posted by FAX
I don't disagree. It's pretty clear that parents can instill into a child the qualities that generally comprise self-esteem.
On the other hand, teen angst has always been around and depression is no respecter of status or intelligence or wealth or any of the things upon which most persons base their self-worth.
Having known several young persons who either committed suicide or self-destructed in other less dramatic ways simply due to an inability to function in normal society, I conclude that it's a very complex issue for which simple answers are hard to come by.
I would say this is obvious but people make comments constantly that apparently makes this anything but obvious.