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Academic stress among adolescents in China

Sun, Jiandong, Dunne, Michael P., & Hou, Xiang-Yu (2012) Academic stress among adolescents in China. Australasian Epidemiologist, 19(1), pp. 9-12.

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Abstract

Pressure from study has long been identified as a significant contributor to many mental health problems in school children and adolescents. Students are often stressed by heavy workload, high academic expectation and dissatisfaction with their grades. Excessive amount of this special type of stress (academic stress or educational stress) may then lead to severe psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, anxious feelings and even suicide thoughts and acts when coping recourses are exhausted. Chinese students are believed to have high academic burden and pressure due to high expectations of their parents and fierce competitions with their peers. Knowledge of the nature and health effects of academic stress may be useful to inform quality education and mental health promotions. This review aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of reported literature regarding educational stress and its relationships with mental health problems worldwide and the current research progress in Chinese adolescents, and to provide directions for future research into this topic in Chinese adolescent populations.

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ID Code: 53729
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: stress, mental health, adolescents, China, international
ISSN: 1327-8835
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australasian Epidemiological Association
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 15:16

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