Studies, exam results major cause of anxiety among school students: NCERT survey

The National Council of Educational Research and Training surveyed over 3.79 lakh students from 36 states and UTs.

Studies, exam results major cause of anxiety among school students: NCERT survey Accoding to study, over 33% of students fall victim to peer pressure. (Source: Shutterstock)
Press Trust of India | Sep 6, 2022 - 10:46 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: While studies, examinations and results are major causes of anxiety among school students, over 33 per cent comply with peer pressure most of the time, a survey on mental health and well-being of students by NCERT said. The survey reported that at least 73 per cent of students are satisfied with their school life, while over 45 per cent of students are not satisfied with their body image.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) surveyed over 3.79 lakh students from 36 states and UTs. The Manodarpan Cell of the NCERT undertook the task of surveying to help understand the perceptions of school students on aspects related to their mental health and well-being. It collected information from students across gender and grades -- middle state (6-8) and secondary stage (9 to 12) between January to March 2022.

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The anonymity of participants was ensured by making the name column optional, allowing students the comfort, privacy and independence to respond, the NCERT said "Decline in satisfaction with personal and school life is seen as students shift from middle to secondary stage. The secondary stage is marked by challenges of an identity crisis, increased sensitivity towards relationships, peer pressure, fear of board examination, anxiety and uncertainty experienced by students for their future admissions, career etc," the survey report released on Tuesday said.

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The survey found that 81 per cent of respondents attribute studies, exams and results as major causes of anxiety. As many as 43 per cent of the total respondents admitted being able to quickly adapt to changes and the response of students in the middle stage (46 per cent) was higher than students in the secondary stage (41 per cent). A total of 51 per cent of students face difficulty in learning online while 28 per cent of the respondents students are hesitant in asking questions, as per the survey.

It found that "yoga and meditation, attempts to shift the way they think and writing journals were reported as frequently adopted strategies by students for coping with stress".


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