How Stress Affects Children

School

Reasons that cause stress at school

  • (Book Information)
  • Some reasons students may feel stress is the need to get good grades, peer pressure, fitting in with friends and classmates, and stress from bullies.
  • Children may feel that they are not doing well as expected.
  • Children may give up and not try.
  • Some affects of stress are they may have test anxiety or extreme nervousness and tension about being tested.


How Environment Affects Children

Enviornment

  • stress in the classroom environment affects children's likelihood of exhibiting learning problems (difficulties with attentiveness, task persistence, and flexibility), externalizing problems (frequency with which the child argues, fights, disturbs ongoing activities, and acts impulsively), problems interacting with peers (difficulties in forming friendships, dealing with other children, expressing feelings, and showing sensitivity, or internalizing problems (presence of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and sadness in the child).
  • If classrooms lack essential materials for learning, like textbooks and learning materials, adequate heating and air conditioning, an absence of graffiti and trash are going to produce negative feelings in children, perhaps even a loss of a sense of value and importance.
  • Negatively affects the way children pay attention in class, stay on task, and are able to move from one activity to another.
  • Some other types of stress are dealing with other children, expressing feelings, and showing sensitivity, or internalizing problems (presence of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and sadness in the child).


More Reason to why stress affects children in school

School

  • It has been found over and over again that children with chronic stress (especially those in extremely stressful situations) have significantly lower IQ’s than their peers that live in safer, happier environments.
  • “Brains under chronic stress will have trouble learning new things and committing new material to memory.”
  • Chronic stress can result from “household chaos” and even a parent’s own stress levels. Everything in our environment affects us. Whether it’s a scary situation, or something as simple as the tension and stress a child’s parent is exhibiting.


By:Mikaela Norton