OECD report highlights pressures on teenagers worldwide

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Dev
  • 20/04/2017
Is your childs academic performance suffering? It might be worth checking in to see how theyre coping with lifes stresses.

An international study has shown pressures at school and home are undermining teenagers wellbeing and their performances at school.

The OECD PISA 2015 students wellbeing report, covering teenagers from 72 countries, identified a range of factors including exam anxiety, deadlines, social pressures, and emotionally remote parents and teachers.

Here are some of the key findings from the report:

Australian teenagers lagged behind their global counterparts on a range of measures.

Students in star performing nations like Finland reported higher happiness levels and a greater sense of belonging within their school communities, while still outperforming Australian students academically.

But Australian teens were also more likely to report that they intended to go to university, and were more likely to be ambitious to top their class.

And they were three times more likely to have a paid job outside school than their Finish counterparts.

We asked a few Australian teenagers how they were coping with the combined stresses of school, sibling-relations and their social lives.

Sixteen-year-old Stella Conlon has a one-hour commute on a train to catch up with her school mates in Sydneys inner west during the school holidays.

When Im at my mums house I do travel quite far to school, so sometimes that limits what I can do outside of school, she said.

That kind of pressure does weigh on my mind a little bit.

The year eleven Canterbury Girls High School student is preparing to do her HSC next year and said her parents were already worried about her burning out as a result of a hectic schedule.

They obviously want me to fulfil my potential but they also dont want me to burn myself out [or] push myself almost to my breaking point, Stella said.

I know that there are lots of people whose parents are constantly at them, making sure theyre constantly getting the highest mark they can in tests and that the only thing they are focused on is school.

There are a few girls that I know who never do anything except studying and stuff like that.

I think sometimes people need to remember were only aged 13 to 18.

James Browning, a 15-year-old student at Sydneys Trinity Grammar, said there was a lot of pressure on teenagers to perform academically and also socially,

I go to an all-boy school so obviously I dont have the pressures of having to interact with girls or anything, he said.

James said there was pressure to be an all-round kind of person.

And I do think that there are a lot of people that struggle with those kind of issues, he said.

They struggle academically, so they suddenly put all their time into being social or sporty.

Its really important that people shouldnt feel pressured they should feel comfortable and happy and do what theyre good at doing.

Those pressures are part of growing up I think they should be teaching people to be comfortable with whatever they want to do.
  • Source: newsgrio.com
  • Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Dev
  
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