Girls’ high stress levels linked to homework and lack of exercise

20 April 2015

The Advertiser newspaper reports that a Flinders University study has shown that girls are more stressed than boys at high school, rating their stress levels at 5 points higher than boys. Significantly, researchers found that students who spent the most time on homework were the most stressed but that, conversely, students who engaged in the most physical activity were the least stressed. The study also found that girls did more several more hours homework per week than boys, as well as less exercise, suggesting that girls are more stressed than boys because they do not exercise enough. Lead researcher, Sam Bolch, says that the study findings have important implications for schools interested in managing stress levels, particularly in relation to “finding strategies to make girls comfortable within a sport setting”.

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