Academic Stress and Psychological Well-Being of School Students

Author: Komal Ali Hussain

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship between academic stress and psychological well-being of high school students. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between academic stress and psychological well-being in school students. For this purpose a sample of 100 school students from two Government schools of Lahore was taken. Educational Stress Scale for Adolescent (Sun, Dune, Hou, & Xu, 2011) and Stirling Children Well-Being Scale (Liddle & Carter, 2010) were used as tools for the individual assessment of the students academic stress and psychological well-being. Permission to use the tool was taken from the authors through e-mail. Data was analyzed using Pearson Product-Moment Correlation, stepwise regression analysis and independent sample t-test. Result of the analysis showed that there is a significant positive relationship between academic stress and psychological well-being in school students. Regression analysis showed that academic stress significantly predicts psychological well-being of school students. Result of the independent samples t-test show that there is a significant gender differences in academic stress of school students. Girls experience more academic stress than boys. Findings of the research can help in understanding awareness of educational stress and mental health among school students. Research would help teachers, authorities and educational institution in reducing the adverse effects of academic stress on students’ well-being.

Keywords: Academic Stress, Psychological Well-Being, Children.

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