ERIC Number: ED309360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-27
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of the Importance of Stress as a Factor in the Academic Performance of Australian Adolescents. Report to the Council of the Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Following a Professional Experience Program during Semester 1, 1988.
Fanshawe, John P.
The research described in this report, part of a professional experience program funded by Brisbane (Australia) College of Advanced Education, was undertaken to investigate the incidence and causes of high stress levels among secondary students in Queensland, and to recommend ways of helping these students reduce stress or cope with it more effectively. The study originates from an analysis of 1,664 questionnaires distributed to students from seven secondary schools. After an introductory overview of the background, implementation, results, and professional outcomes of the study, chapter 2 provides a detailed review of the literature on stress, including an analysis of some of the more widely acclaimed theories of stress. Chapter 3 describes data collection methods, involving the use of four questionnaires: the Australian Adolescent Problems Inventory (AAPI); the Adolescent Coping Inventory (ACI); a General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12); and a Biographical Information Checklist (BI). Chapter 4 desribes data analysis procedures, while chapter 5 tabulates results. Chapter 6 presents a discussion of the findings, as these relate to strategies for reducing environmental stressors among Australian adolescents and for helping them to cope with stress more effectively. The concluding chapter presents a set of 19 specific recommendations for educational decision makers. The study includes instrumentation along with instructions given to participating teachers and data analyses employed. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Brisbane Coll. of Advanced Education (Australia).
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Identifiers - Location: Australia