responses revealed that teenagers only feel stressed sometimes.
Gender was a more significant factor. Interestingly, although
numerous professional books and journal articles on the subject
of stress consider stress high for teens, our study slightly
disagree. Males in our study tended to feel stress often,
while females inclined to experience stress sometimes.
findings suggest that the main stressor of this generation
is school (55 percent). This observation was predictable
because school should be the main activity of this age
group. Those who acknowledged two or more stressors implied
that family and school were factors. As exam dates approach,
anxiety and frustration attack this group of young people.
Struggling with homework and passing tests are common
experiences in teens. Teens who play sports may fear that
their performance will let others down.
anxiety may be a real problem for teenagers today.
from parents and self for achieving noble scores affects self-identity
and self-worth which in turns becomes a hindrance to the academic
development and potential of young people. In 2000, Professor
Martyn Densocombe of De Montfort University, Leicester, questioned
over 1,600 teenagers aged 15 and 16 about what threatens their
mental health. He found that, "Time and again, young
people talked of the stresses involved as they worked in school
towards their 16+ examinations." On top of that, according
to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year 2000, about 10 percent
of children under 18 or nearly 7.1 million children are now
under the care of divorced parents, compared to 7.5 percent
or about 4.7 million children, in the year 1978. This connects
to our secondary stress factor: family. Perhaps, helping teenagers
to release this pressure by altering their feelings, self-attitudes
and outlook on life will increase the ability to cope with
school and families.
also highlighted that the top five effects of stress in teenagers
are: irritation, anger, sleeplessness, depression and headaches.
This associates the notion that generally teenagers perceive
stress as an unwanted pressure or threat. In 1986, Garfinkel
conducted a study of 4,300 high school students in 52 rural
Minnesota cities. The symptoms most cited were depression
and self-destructive behavior. The findings suggested that
an ample majority reported to handling stress and anxiety
alone. Many teens are handling stressful situations for the
first time, and are confused as to how to deal with it. Perhaps,
adults should be more concerned about how stress affects teens
and consider that young people's levels of stress can be just
as upsetting as theirs.
tended to react to stress with headaches, whereas males are
prone to increase their activity, such as with sports and
the notion of play. Perhaps, this is a gender difference.