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Rhode Island: Students experiencing more stress

Aug 27, 2017, Providence (RI) Journal: Survey: RI schools boiling over with stress http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170827/survey-ri-schools-boiling-over-with-stress Half of all public high school students in Rhode Island say school is quite stressful. More than 70 percent say they frequently or almost always worry about grades. Sixty-three percent are really worried about things in their life. Teenagers are living in a state of constant anxiety, according to a new survey from the R.I. Department of Education that gathered 83,000 responses from students in all grades, including 55,600 responses from grades 6 through 12…. “Anecdotally, we are certainly seeing increased levels of said Sara Dinklage, executive director of the Rhode Island Student Assistance Services, a substance-abuse prevention program working in 47 schools…. “Anxiety has become the malady of the age,” said Bob Houghtaling, director of the East Greenwich substance-abuse prevention program. “Their relationships are in cyber-space.... The biggest issue I deal with is existential in nature: Who am I? Where do I fit in? Schools are under so much pressure to test well. Teachers are under pressure to get their kids through the curriculum….