Junior Reasearch Project Essay

1382 words - 6 pages

In a recent survey every teen involved said they feel stress coming from some area of their life. Stress on a teen’s life can come from many different places and lead to serious, damaging effects. The effects of stress on teenagers can bring serious long term effects from school, work and family but there are many ways to help teens deal with stress.
For 16 year old Abby dealing with school, work, and her home life is not as easy going as it is for others. She lives in a household with her dad who is a single parent and her two younger brothers. She takes care of her younger brothers most of the time while her dad works the night shift. On a daily basis Abby experiences many different things that make her feel stressed. Abby’s alarm goes off at 5:45 she struggles to drag herself out of bed still exhausted from the responsibilities of yesterday. She hops in the shower and gets herself ready for the day. She then wakes up her two younger brothers, while they are getting ready she cooks them eggs and toast for breakfast and packs their lunches. She gets them out the door and takes them to school. Once she gets to school she starts to feel more pressure. As each class goes on and she finds out her homework for the night her stress starts to build. She thinks about how she is going to get it all done before she goes to work knowing that she has to take care of her brothers. She tries to make lots of friends but she finds herself much more mature than most of the other kids. After school she picks up her brothers and takes them home. She begins her homework but is constantly interrupted by her brothers fighting. At about 4:30 she prepares dinner, doing a little bit of homework every free second she might have. She sits the boys down for dinner but skips it herself to do more studying. At about 6 Abby heads off to work until 9:00. At work she is trying to concentrate on the things she has to do but she can’t stop thinking about what her brothers are doing or the unfinished assignments she left on the kitchen table. As she finishes up her work night she becomes very exhausted. As she returns home at about 9:30 she finishes up her assignments. Her dad usually leaves for work again at about 10 so Abby warms him up some left over dinner. After her dad leaves she makes her brothers take showers. By 10:30 they are showered and in bed at this time Abby can relax and go to sleep herself. As she is lying in bed she still feels a lot of stress because she knows that tomorrow she will perform these same tasks again.
Although most teens don’t have a life like this every teen encounters stressors. Most feel that they are out of their control and they don’t know how to deal with them. “More than 15 percent of young people who responded to a recent survey on stress said that everything stressed them out. Not one person surveyed said they had no stress.” (Africa News Service) There can be many different stressors in a teen’s life, and most are out of their control....

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