Published on February 22, 2014 by Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. in The Race to Good Health
Teens suffer high stress and need your help to cope
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released its Stress in AmericaTM report (the full report can be located here). This year the report highlighted the stress experienced by American youth (teens ages 13-17) stating “high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms appear to be ingrained in our culture”. Since the survey has begun, it has continued to find that American adults report higher stress levels than what they believe to be healthy. For example, recent results indicated that adults report that stress impacts their physical health (30 percent) and mental health (33 percent). This APA report, continues to drive home one important message, “we need to improve our health system to equally address both physical and mental health”.
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The Stress in American report found that American teens report stress levels higher than what they believe is healthy (5.8 on a 10-point scale, healthy level rated 3.9). As you may imagine, school was rated the most common source of stress for American teens. Eight-three percent reported school as a significant source of stress. As a clinical psychologist, I often work with teens and their families to combat this stress. Stress related to school has a significant negative impact on teens’ mental health. Additionally, it often makes home life difficult for the entire family.
Read More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-race-good-health/201402/5-tips-helping-teens-cope-stress