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ERIC Number: EJ945640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
An International Exploratory Investigation of Students' Perceptions of Stressful Life Events: Results from Greece, Cyprus, and the United States
Leontopoulou, Sophie; Jimerson, Shane R.; Anderson, Gabrielle E.
School Psychology International, v32 n6 p632-644 Dec 2011
The present exploratory study examined student perceptions of the stressfulness and incidence of life events across three countries--Greece, Cyprus and the United States. The participants include 378 6th-grade elementary school students. Students in the United States completed the "What Do You Think?" questionnaire and its translated Greek form "Esy Ti Pistevis?" in Greece and Cyprus to share their perceptions of stressful life events. Marked cross-cultural similarities were revealed regarding the life events students reported as most stressful. Events reported as most stressful included those that signified personal and irreversible loss, such as losing a parent, going blind, and academic retention. In addition, events characterized as socially taboo (e.g. being caught in theft, wetting in class), and poor academic performance (e.g. getting a poor report card) were also stressful for most children cross-culturally. These same events were the least common experienced among the students surveyed in the study. The results and limitations of this study are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cyprus; Greece; United States