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Working Together for Student Success

Working Together for Student Success 34
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Published Date:17-07-2017
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Working Together for Student Success STRESS MANAGEMENT Katie LaPlante, MS, LPA Elon Academy Counselor kwickeelon.edu (336) 264-1963 Why Discuss Stress?   The emotional health of college freshman has declined to the lowest level in 25 years (since data collection began ).   Research indicates serious stress began before college.   Levels of high school seniors indicated feeling “frequently overwhelmed” rose last year.   Research found that students “emotional stability” was a significant predictor of college achievement, behind conscientiousness (including traits like dependability, perseverance, and work ethic). Importance of Good Stress Management   Poor stress management can lead to the following:   Depression   Poor concentration   Irritability/Hostility   Memory problems   Disrupt sleep and eating patterns   Withdrawal/isolation   Problems with peers or abrupt change in peer group   Physical complaints (i.e. chronic headaches) Types of Stress   Acute Stress   Most common form   Short-term   Can cause physical symptoms   Episodic Acute Stress   Frequent Acute Stress   “Type A”   “Worry warts” /Pessimists   Physical symptoms likely   Chronic Stress   “Grinding stress” (APA, 2011)   No way out of a situation   Definite physical symptoms, probably requiring medical treatment Understanding Behavior   The Behavior Iceberg: Understanding behavior Understanding Behavior What’s Underneath?   School interactions (grades, run-ins with teachers, peers, picking a track/major, applying for scholarships, extracurricular activities)   Peers (peer pressure, wanting to fit in, internet)   Health factors (sick, sleep deprived, hungry)   Mental health factors (depressed, anxious)   Socio-cultural factors (racial, cultural, economic stressors.)   Household factors (stability of family system, sibling interactions, stressors)   Cognitive factors (magical thinking: “it won’t happen to me” , heightened self-consciousness- everyone is looking at me, poor planning ability Healthy Teenage Behavior   How can we use this to better understand our scholars both at home and in the Academy?   Are there times when we overlook some of these factors?   Reminder: It’s ok to overlook these factors and encourage them to look for solutions, manage stressors appropriately, using good coping skills, etc Stress By the Numbers   Who experiences more stress? (Women or Men?)   Who experiences more physical symptoms of stress? (Women or Men?)   Who experiences more stress over finances? (Women or Men?)   What percentage of parents report family responsibilities as a significant source of stress?   Does your stress level have an effect on your child(ren)/family?   What percentage of tweens and teens are bothered by their parents stress levels? Stress By the Numbers   Who experiences more stress? (Women or Men?)   Women   Who experiences more physical symptoms of stress? (Women or Men?)   Women   65% reporting irritability and 57% reporting fatigue   Who experiences more stress over finances? (Women or Men?)   Women   83% of women vs. 78% of men   What percentage of parents report family responsibilities as a significant source of stress?   73%   Does your stress level have an effect on your child(ren)/family?   Over two-thirds of parents surveyed think their stress level has slight to no impact on their child’s stress level   What percentage of tweens and teens are bothered by their parents stress levels?   86% Additional Gender Differences   Girls may be more likely to talk about feelings, while boys may be more likely to act out physically.   A recent study found that women make up 60% or more of campus counseling center clients.   Males are more likely to engage in stress-relieving leisure activities than females.   Some research also suggests that women are more affected by how their teachers treated them than are men. Learning Stress Management   Evaluate   What are your stressors?   How do you experience stress?   How do you manage stress?   Talk   As a family, to a doctor, clergy member, mental health professional, etc.   “Low levels of parental communication have been associated with poor decision making among children and teens.” (APA)   Give age-appropriate information to children, but don’t be afraid to share   Create   Healthy routines and environments   “Research shows that children who are sleep-deficient are more likely to have behavioral problems.” (APA)   An arsenal of coping skills   Model Working Together for Student Success   Just ask ????   Communicate   Involve yourself   Stay connected with their life, friends, teachers, school, extracurricular activities   Sudden changes in behavior, mood, sleeping and eating patterns or dress should be noted and addressed. We are here to help you. Working Together for Student Success Resources:   American Psychological Association (www.apa.org)   APA’s 2008 Stress in America Survey   APA online survey 2010   The New York Times : “Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshman.” January 26, 2011   Sparks, Sarah D. Education Week: “Experts Begin to Identify Nonacademic Skills Key to Success.” Dec. rd 23 , 2010