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Title: Trends in perceived school stress among adolescents in five Nordic countries 2002-2014
Contributor(s): Lofstedt, Petra (author); Eriksson, Charli (author); Potrebny, Thomas (author); Valimaa, Raili (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar Baldvin  (author)orcid ; Due, Pernille (author); Damsgaard, Mogens Trab (author); Suominen, Sakari (author); Rasmussen, Mette (author); Torsheim, Torbjorn (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-07
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Abstract: Associations between school-related stress and poor health, risk behaviours and low well-being are well documented. The aim of this paper was to estimate trends of perceived school stress experienced by boys and girls of different ages in the Nordic countries, and to describe trends in school stress between the Nordic countries. Nordic data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC) between 2002 and 2014 were used. The participants were aged 11–16 years. School stress was measured by a single item; “How pressured do you feel by schoolwork?” The participants answering “some” or “a lot” were categorised as reporting school stress. Sweden, Norway and Denmark had lower prevalence of school stress compared to Finland and Iceland. There was an increase in Iceland, Finland and Denmark, whereas adolescents from Sweden showed a decreasing trend. In Norway, the level was stable. Boys showed a marginal decline in school stress whereas girls showed an increase, and school stress increased by age for the whole period. It is a challenge for the public education systems in the Nordic countries to develop policies and practices that provide children with the necessary tools to achieve knowledge and skill, and at the same minimise stress in school.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nordisk Vaelfaerdsforskning, 4(2), p. 101-112
Publisher: Universitetsforlaget AS, Scandinavian University Press
Place of Publication: Norway
ISSN: 2464-4161
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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