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ERIC Number: ED407628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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High School Students' Perceptions of Adolescent Problems.
Kristel, Orie V., IV; And Others
Adults many times misunderstand adolescence and the problems from which adolescents suffer. However, there are few quantitative studies that have evaluated the prevalence of "common" teenage problems. To address this lack of hard data concerning perceived high school/adolescent problems, a study was commissioned to determine student-perceived problems in high schools. It was hypothesized that major problems in the high school would be drug abuse, physical abuse, and peer/social problems. To test this hypothesis, 798 students in grades 8-11 responded to a survey. Results indicate that the top five reported problems were achievement, stress, drug use, friends, and family. Physical abuse was not a frequently reported problem. Significant effects for student gender and grade level were associated with the perceived problems of drug use, with drug use being a more common problem among males. More females than males indicated problems with friends and family; the lack of significant main effects for grade level on family and friend problems suggests that these problems stay relatively constant throughout the adolescent years. The lack of sex differences for problems related to achievement and stress may suggest that these problems are general for adolescents. The study survey is appended. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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