Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Stress Management, Coping, Brain Development, Adolescent, Stressors, Stress response


In recent years, research has found that adolescents are experiencing stress at an astounding rate, even compared to adults. With a thorough review of the literature, it has been found that schools in the United States are experiencing an adolescent stress epidemic. Furthermore, students are experiencing stress in ways beyond an academic arena. With that being said, there seems to be a connection between stress leading to anxiety, as well as stress having a profound affect for students who have experienced traumatic experiences. Additionally, the research has shown that there are structural differences within a developing brain that may cause adolescents to perceive and experience stress in a different way than older individuals. School counselors have the responsibility to facilitate and support students in the group setting who are experiencing various stressors in their lives. The literature illustrates adolescents who foster positive coping strategies early on, are more likely to lead a healthier life.



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