ERIC Number: ED434298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
A Study of Relaxation Techniques and Coping Skills with Moderately to Highly Stressed Middle and High School Students.
Credit, Alison; Garcia, Mary
This report describes a program for heightening awareness of stress and reducing stress levels while improving learning. The targeted population comprised seventh and ninth grade students in middle schools and high schools located in affluent suburban communities of a large Midwest city. The problem of moderate to high levels of stress was documented with teacher and student surveys, a stress level inventory, stress logs, and anecdotal records. Analysis of probable cause indicates a high level of stress among middle and high school students. This high level adversely affects various situations, including academic and social. Review of the research indicates that students are not introduced to coping skills in the school setting. A review of the solution strategies suggested by other researchers, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the development of parent newsletters, teacher-led relaxation exercises, and implementation of a time and stress management program. The program includes lessons in role playing and problem solving, worksheets, and stress logs. Postintervention data indicates that students internalize coping techniques for stress. More research is necessary to determine whether improved academic achievement is a result of the intervention. Appendix A is Relaxation Techniques; Appendix B is Role-Play Activities; Appendix C is Goal-Setting Worksheet; Appendix D is Time Management Worksheet; Appendix E is Signs of Stress Worksheet; Appendix F is Stress Logs; Appendix G is Students Pre- and Post- Surveys; Appendix H is Teacher Survey; Appendix I is Stress Level Inventory; and Appendix J is Parent Newsletter. (Contains 2 figures, 7 tables, and 18 references.) (Author/MKA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community, Coping, High School Students, High Schools, Intervention, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Newsletters, Objectives, Problem Solving, Relaxation Training, Role Playing, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Student Journals, Suburban Schools, Teachers, Time Management, Worksheets
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.