Stress Management for Kids

our best efforts are not working too well

Whose job is is it to ensure good stress management for kids these days. Is it the school? Is it the community? Or, is it the parents? The Search Institute says it is all of our jobs and I agree. All members of society are eventually affected when children do not get the support systems they need to conquer stress and so all members of society must get involved with helping kids become GREAT at managing stress while they are still very young.


How are You Handling Stress Management for Kids?


ever heard of the 40 developmental assets for youth
developed by the Search Institute?

I prefer to think of them as tools to use to help with good stress management for kids. After you watch the video below, you may be interested to see the results of a 2003 survey of 150,000, 6th to 12th grade children in 202 communities across the US. The results are not very pretty. It's proof that childhood stress is out of control and we have got to do something.


developmental assets video from the search institute


how many assets are kids actually getting?

It Gets Worse as Kids Get Older.

Grade 6 kids had, on average, 23.0 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 7 kids had, on average, 20.2 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 8 kids had, on average, 18.7 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 9 kids had, on average, 17.7 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 10 kids had, on average, 17.6 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 11 kids had, on average, 17.6 out of 40 stress management assets.

Grade 12 kids had, on average, 17.8 out of 40 stress management assets.


It Doesn't Matter Where Kids Live.

Kids, in cities with 50,000 to 250,000 people, had, on average,

18.7 out of 40 possible stress management assets.


Kids, in cities with 2,500 to 49,999 people, had, on average,

18.6 out of 40 possible stress management assets.


Kids, in rural or farming communities, with less than 2,500 people, had, on average,

18.5 out of 40 possible stress management assets.


Girls are a Little Better Off Than Boys, But Only a Little.

Girls had, on average, 19.9 out of 40 possible stress management assets.

Boys had, on average, 17.2 out of 40 possible stress management assets.


Overall Results for All Ages, Both Genders and All Locations

17% of kids said they had access to 0 to 10 out of 40 possible stress management assets.

42% of kids said they had access to 11 to 20 out of 40 possible stress management assets.

17% of kids said they had access to 21 to 30 out of 40 possible stress management assets.

Only 9% of kids said they had access to 31-40 out of 40 possible stress management assets.


survey results: What Do lower
Asset Counts Tell Us?

lower asset count = poor stress management for kids.
lower asset count = development of unhealthy/dangerous habits

Kids with Lower Asset Counts Tend to Use Alcohol and Drugs

45% of kids with 0-10 assets use alcohol and/or drugs

26% of kids with 11-20 assets use alcohol and/or drugs

11% of kids with 21-30 assets use alcohol and/or drugs

Only 3% of kids with 31-40 assets use alcohol and/or drugs


Kids with Lower Asset Counts Tend to Use Alcohol and Drugs

62% of kids with 0-10 assets display violent behavior

38% of kids with 11-20 assets display violent behavior

18% of kids with 21-30 assets display violent behavior

Only 6% of kids with 31-40 assets display violent behavior


survey results: What Do
Higher Asset Counts Tell Us?

Higher asset count = strong stress management for kids.
Higher asset count = development of healthy/empowering habits

Kids with Higher Asset Counts Are More Likely to Succeed in School

54% of kids with 31-40 assets succeed in school

34% of kids with 21-30 assets succeed in school

19% of kids with 11-20 assets succeed in school

9% of kids with 0-10 assets succeed in school

 

Kids with Higher Asset Counts Are More Likely to Maintain Good Health

88% of kids with 31-40 assets maintain good health

69% of kids with 21-30 assets maintain good health

48% of kids with 11-20 assets maintain good health

27% of kids with 0-10 assets maintain good health

 

All survey results and statistics on this page related to stress management for kids are credited to the Search Institute.

 


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