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The existence of school‐related stress in two grammar schools in Northern Ireland: contributing factors and moderation

Finch, Lindsey, McCreight, Bernadette and McAleavy, Gerry (2010) The existence of school‐related stress in two grammar schools in Northern Ireland: contributing factors and moderation. Pastoral Care in Education, 28 (4). pp. 311-329. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2010.528016


Recent educational policies have altered scholastic experience. It is the contention of the authors that contemporary school experience may therefore, for some individuals, be distressing. This study is concerned with the identification of stress-related behaviours of sixth-form pupils within female single-sex, selective, scholastic environments. The sample consisted of 420 girls drawn from two comparable schools. The study was conducted using qualitative and quantitative methods. Administration of a questionnaire at three intervals within one academic year permitted sustained reflection upon responses. The qualitative questionnaire findings permitted generation of themes, later investigated through focus groups. SPSS was used to analyse responses to scaled questions. The keeping of a research diary served to illuminate meaning and to capture anecdotal evidence, which is so easily lost within a busy school environment. In addition, the opinions of a number ofrelevant professionals were sought. The study concluded that some members of the sample population encounter demands emanating not only from assessment incidents, but also from arange of other sources inherent to the system of sufficient magnitude, duration and intensity to engender school-related stress. Within the study the ways in which school-related stress may present are identified; these include, for example, physical effects, subjective effects, effects upon work and effects upon relationships. An evaluation of current relevant support mechanisms is offered and recommendations for change are made.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:23006
Deposited By: Dr Bernadette McCreight
Deposited On:28 Aug 2012 14:21
Last Modified:28 Aug 2012 14:21

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