Study: Swedish teens ‘more stressed out’ at school

Study: Swedish teens 'more stressed out' at school
Swedish 15-year-olds feel more pressure in school than their counterparts in other countries.

In addition, fewer Swedish 15-year-olds say that they like going to school compared with youth elsewhere.

And Swedish young people also report suffering from headaches and feeling down to a greater extent than those of a comparable age in other countries.

The findings come from a study carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) which looked at the health and well-being of young people in 41 industrialized countries.

The Swedish study included in the report was presented by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (SNIPH) two years ago.

The comparison shows that Swedish children feel rather well overall, but the situation for 15-year-olds deviates from the pattern, which is a cause for concern.

“It is to a large extent the 15-year-old girls which report that being stressed out and not feeling well. The situation looks similar in other countries. One explanation could be that the girls feel greater demands on them to do their schoolwork, while at the same time feeling the pressure of demands on their appearance and demands that they maintain their social relationships,” said Lilly Eriksson, an investigator with SNIPH.

“The study shows that younger Swedish children feel better than the average of similar aged children in other countries. Swedish 11-year-olds are clearly better than the average in other countries and 13-year-olds are also in good shape,” said Eriksson.