Life in the 21st century is often
described as stressful and teenagers have their own particular
stresses: exams, relationships with friends and with the opposite
sex, domestic problems, and peer pressure to smoke, drink, take drugs
and have sex. To compound matters, the teenage years themselves are
difficult, a time when teenagers are neither children nor grown-ups
and when many have a natural tendency to feel and express rebellion.
Sadly there have been a number of recent cases where teenage stress
has led to suicide.
Teenage stress is clearly a highly
relevant and serious issue and it is vital that we find ways to help
teenagers, firstly to identify the causes of it and then to both
understand and cope with it.
But the question is how.
When someone is stressed, then their own perceptions become warped,
and it is impossible for them to see their position in the world, and
how they might change it.
So the answer is to work with
students before they become over-stressed (on the basis that clearly
some stress is good - as one psychologist put it to me while I was
looking into this subject, if you are not stressed you are probably
The book "Coping with
Teenage Stress" approaches the subject by giving teenagers
insights into what stress is all about, and then asking them to
participate in explorations of the concept.Through this
is opens the way to class discussion of the many sources of
teenage stress and includes practical work in the form of quizzes,
games and questions for class work. It also offers practical help for
stressed teenagers with numerous suggestions as to how they can
relieve stress and also where they can go for help if the
underlying problem is too much for them alone.
It is detailed, practical, there
are many more topics that you'll need to cover (so there is plenty of
chance to choose the topics you particularly want to cover) and it
comes in a copiable format, which makes it usable in chunks, with as
many students as you wish.
Cat No: 978 1 86083 702 9