ERIC Number: ED365704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Stress in Children: A Literature Review.
Romer, Gail H.
If parents, school personnel, or other caring adults want to reduce the number of stressors or the amount of stress experienced by school children, these adults must first recognize childhood stress, identify children's stressors, and evaluate the stress. This literature review reveals how adults can accomplish these goals by defining stress, linking stress to health, and reviewing assessment techniques available for use with children. Adult perception still controls both investigation and assessment. Until recently, researchers seldom asked children about their experiences of stress, and research hypotheses came from studies on adult stress. Techniques available for use in assessing stress in children include behavioral observation, physiological assessment, adult rating scales of children, child self-report inventories, and interviews with children. Comprehensive use of these techniques, while including the children's perspective, makes possible the accurate and authentic assessment of stress in children. Reducing stress, thereby maintaining or improving school children's health, can follow. (Contains 38 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Childhood Needs, Children, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Literature Reviews, Rating Scales, Research Methodology, Secondary School Students, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Report Measures
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the MidSouth Educational Research Association (19th, New Orleans, LA, November 9-12, 1993).