ERIC Number: ED336253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-12
A Study Concerning Stress among High School Students in Selected Rural Schools.
This study identifies stressful events in the lives of high school students in a rural region of Tennessee. Questionnaires were completed by 240 high school students (144 female and 96 male). The questionnaires included 19 statements to which the participants were to respond concerning their belief about the stressfulness of the situation described. In addition, the participants were asked about their coping skills and with whom they discussed school-related problems. The majority of students reported the following stressors: (1) academic classwork; (2) relationships with the opposite sex; (3) concern about grades; (4) feelings about personal appearance; (5) pressures to succeed and achieve; (6) test-taking; (7) feelings about self-worth and personal respect; (8) peer acceptance; (9) relationships with friends; and (10) "problems" at school. The majority of females also found substance abuse and thoughts about the future to be stressful. The majority of males found school rules, outside employment, concern about financial obligations, and involvement in co-curricular activities to be stressful. Participants identified persons with whom they would most likely discuss a school problem. The males ranked their choices (in descending order) as counselors, friends, parents, teachers, and the school principal. Females chose counselors, teachers, parents, friends, and the school principal. More females than males indicated that they did not cope well with stress. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Education Conference (Cookeville, TN, August 12, 1991).