Teen Stress & Anxiety Is on the Rise: Here's What Parents Need to Know! by Kelli Schulte
Teen stress and anxiety is growing and continues to be on the rise. According to the American Psychological Association, teens (ages 13-17) are reporting greater levels of stress compared to adults (18 and up). On a 10-point scale:
- Teens experience an average stress level of 5.8 during the school year.
- Teens experience an average stress level of 4.6 during the summer.
- Adults experience an average stress level of 5.1.
- 83 percent of teens indicated that school was a common source of stress
- 31 percent of teens indicated that their stress level was greater than the prior year
- 54 percent of teens think their stress level has a slight to no impact on their body or physical health
- 52 percent of teens think their stress level has a slight to no impact on their mental health
- 59 percent of teens are uncertain about the effectiveness of their stress management techniques
Teens need to learn how to intentionally respond to the feelings of stress in a way that helps them feel productive, connected, balanced and satisfied.
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