Adolescents' Perception towards Stress of Daily Life
Adolescence is described as a social construction as it begins in biology and ends in culture. Adolescence is also described as a transition stage between childhood and adulthood. This transition from childhood includes early, middle and late adolescence - phases that conclude in young adulthood. The present study was descriptive in nature and it aimed to explore the stressors experienced by adolescents. The sample consisted of adolescents of 15-18 years belonging to lower income families of Baroda city in India where, monthly income was ranging from Rs. 2000/- to Rs. 6000/. The study was carried out in two phases. In Phase-I, stressors experienced by adolescents were explored through questionnaires and the sample size was 200 adolescents. In Phase-II, a sub-sample of 20 adolescents (ten boys and ten girls) were selected from the main sample and specific stressors were explored. The results revealed that more number of adolescents experience stress at home, followed by school and peer group. The major stressors were found to be academics, household chores and social norms at home. While at school academics was the major stressor and among peer group conflict between friends was the major stressor. Stressors and ways of coping were found to be different across gender due to discriminated social norms and expectations from adolescents.
Keywords: Stress, Stressors, Ways of Coping, Gender Differences
Dr. Sangeeta Chaudhary
Senior Lecturer, The Department of Human Development and Family Studies
program officer, Non Government organisation, Non Government organisation