Educational stress among Chinese adolescents : individual, family, school and peer influences

Sun, Jiandong, Dunne, Michael P., Hou, Xiang-Yu, & Xu, Ai-qiang (2013) Educational stress among Chinese adolescents : individual, family, school and peer influences. Educational Review, 65(3), pp. 284-302.

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Educational stress is common among school children and adolescents, especially in Asian countries. This study aims to identify factors associated with perceived educational stress among students in China. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted with 1627 students (Grades 7–12) from six secondary schools in rural and urban areas of Shandong Province. A wide range of individual, family, school and peer factors were associated with stress measured using the Educational Stress Scale for Adolescents (ESSA). Rural school location, low school connectedness, perceived poor academic grades, female gender, older age and frequent emotional conflicts with teachers and peers were among the strongest correlates, and most of them are school- or study-related. Unexpectedly, family and parental factors were found to have little or no association with children’s perceived educational stress. These findings may offer directions for interventions in secondary school settings.

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ID Code: 53735
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: educational stress, risk factor, adolescents, secondary school students, China
DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2012.659657
ISSN: 1465-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Educational Review
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Educational Review, Volume 65, Issue 3, 2013, [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2012 22:25
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2016 23:51

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