Navigation Links
One in five girls in upper secondary school suffers from school burnout
Date:5/14/2009

The transition from basic education to upper secondary school is a challenge for many young people. According to a study of school burnout at different stages of school and higher education, upper secondary school is a particularly challenging stage for many young people. Success-oriented female upper secondary school pupils are at the greatest risk: up to 20 cent of them suffer from school burnout. Burnout is a phenomenon to be taken seriously, as it can lead to depression.

"These girls are high achievers but they also develop burnout. They tend to develop feelings of inadequacy, in particular, in upper secondary school. By contrast, boys who enter upper secondary school tend to develop more of a cynical, negative stance towards school," says Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro of the University of Jyvskyl, who is in charge of the research. The study was carried out at the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Learning and Motivation Research, and comprised 1,800 young people.

The study focused particularly on students' trajectories to well-being or problems during transitional stages in their education. "Transitions from one stage of education to the next have an impact on the well-being of young people and they need support during these life stages. A healthy level of self-esteem is a protective factor," Salmela-Aro says.

According to Salmela-Aro, school burnout in upper secondary school tends to complicate the transition to further studies, while an enthusiasm for school tends to predict a successful transition to the next education level. "This research finding has considerable importance for the efforts to encourage young people to make a faster transition into further studies and working life."

Medical students are the keenest

For the first time in Finland, research was also conducted on burnout and academic engagement among students in higher education. The material was provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and comprised 5,200 students. Results show that one in ten students in higher education suffers from burnout and one in three is at risk. However, the good news is that one in four students in higher education feel enthusiasm for their studies. Medical students were most likely to be enthusiastic about their studies and least likely to suffer from burnout.

"Students' engagement for their studies declines over time, which raises the question of what happens to the highly motivated students who enter higher education. A sense of optimism during university studies along with high self-esteem tend to predict job engagement ten years later on, while an avoidance strategy tends to predict work-related burnout," Katariina Salmela-Aro says.

School burnout is a chronic school-related stress syndrome which manifests as exhaustion, cynicism about school and feelings of inadequacy. Engagement about school is characterised by energy, dedication and an ability to become absorbed in the work.

In basic education, school burnout is caused by a negative atmosphere in school, usually in the form of a stressful and restless working environment. Support from the adult staff of the school, especially the school healthcare services, helps reduce school burnout. Teachers who have a positive attitude and an ability to motivate students are extremely helpful for upper secondary school students. The more encouragement the students got from their teachers, the less likely they were to experience school burnout.


'/>"/>

Contact: Riitta Tirronen
riitta.tirronen@aka.fi
358-977-488-369
Academy of Finland
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Changes(TM) Kit for Girls - What Every Girl Wants.
2. Amscot Financial Contributes to Brevard Countys Hacienda Girls Ranch, Providing a Safe Haven for Abused Girls
3. Gaining new insights into mentoring programs for adolescent girls
4. Black girls are 50 percent more likely to be bulimic than white girls
5. YWCAs to Observe National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th
6. Seattles First Bald Girls Do Lunch(R)
7. Girls Anti-Social Behavior Predictive of Later Depression
8. Deadly in Pink: New Report Warns Big Tobacco Has Stepped Up Targeting of Women and Girls
9. 1 in 4 California adolescent girls has had HPV vaccine
10. Anti-social behavior in girls predicts adolescent depression seven years later
11. Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon Get $10K Regence Grant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Jericho Project has named LaToya Williams-Belfort to ... be responsible for fundraising and communications for the nationally-acclaimed nonprofit, working closely with CEO ... working to end homelessness at its roots. , “LaToya Williams-Belfort is joining Jericho ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... How to Write Error ... NC, http://www.fdanews.com/humanerrordrugdevice , Human error is known to be the major cause ... error will ever be totally eliminated, many human performance problems can be prevented. , ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) has ... and expanded Children’s Hospital. Over 3,000 people looked on as the shovels hit the ... event photo slidehsow. , During the program, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Eggsurance, the first ... relaunch of its community and education hub for women considering fertility preservation, as ... create a safe and welcoming place for women to find cycle buddies, get ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Tuesday, May 24, Women's Excellence ... practice enhanced with Young Living Essential Oils, taught by Patti Dolan, RYT, a ... Orion location. Yoga Flow is 6:30pm - 7:15pm followed by a small intro to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... 2016 The global  reprocessed medical ... by 2022, according to a new study by Grand ... coupled with the lack of centralized support for waste ... the demand for reprocessed medical devices market. Additionally, the ... that of the original device is the high impact ...
(Date:5/22/2016)... May 23, 2016 DS ... anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory compound DS102 in chronic obstructive ... non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients. Recent DS ... in lung tissue and has bronchodilatory, anti-inflammatory and ... administration. The Company will publish further detail on ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 20, 2016 The Biotech arena ... that the industry is not far from recovering. There ... featured the following four equities: Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ATHX ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ ... ). Sign up for your free trading alerts on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: