The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to evaluate the effects of stress management on stress levels in grade school children. The hypothesis to be tested was : There will be no significant difference in stress levels of grade school children following a stress education program. The setting included two third-grade classes in a small rural elementary school in North Alabama. There were 37 students in the study, 21 in the control group and 16 in the treatment group. Data were collected using the Teacher Questionnaire, to assess each student's stress level as perceived by the teacher, and the Everyday Behavior Questionnaire, to assess the student's perceived level of stress. The students' t_ test was used to analyze the data. The students perceived themselves at higher levels of stress than the teacher perceived the students. The data revealed that stress education did not affect the stress levels of the treatment group significantly. Thus, the researcher failed to reject the null hypothesis. Stress is a factor in everyone's life. Overwhelming prolonged stress leads to serious emotional and physical IV problems. Further research needs to be done on how the teacher perceives a student's stress. This research needs to be repeated using randomized groups and posttests only.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis
Hubbard, Lou Ann, "The Effects of Stress Education on Stress Levels in Grade School Children" (1988). MSN Research Projects. 134.