ERIC Number: ED369004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Stress and Western Kansas High School Students.
Walker, Janet K.
Research on adolescent stress indicates that most high school students have experienced stress. This study was conducted to learn more about stress in western Kansas high school students. The sample was from 1A schools, defined as having less than 75 students enrolled in grades 10 to 12. Three-hundred twenty-two students participated. Stress was scored from the following scales of the Stress Questionnaire: (1) School; (2) Relationships; (3) Self; and (4) Total. Independent variables measured included gender, grade level, family structure, and religious factors. Consistent with other research, the results of an analysis of variance indicated that females reported greater stress than males. Much of the literature on adolescent stress indicates that coping skills improve as students progress from freshman to senior, but the results of this survey indicated that female seniors reported greater stress than any other classification group. Freshman males reported the least stress. The study also indicated that high school students from foster parent families had lower stress than those from intact families, although, in common with other research, greatest stress was reported for adolescents in single-parent and step-parent families. Students who prayed once a day indicated greater self- and total stress than those who never prayed. School counseling and interventions should be targeted toward student populations which tend to suffer greater stress. (CC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Kansas (West)
Note: M.S. Thesis, Fort Hays State University.