SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — One in five middle and high school students in South Korea are exposed to a severe amount of stress, a recent study has revealed.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare conducted a survey on 2,510 students between 9 and 17 years of age, 16 percent of whom said they are constantly under a large amount of stress.
The proportion rose up to 20.6 percent among students between 12 and 17 years of age, which was three times higher than those between 9 and 11 years of age.
Children from low-income households that receive national basic livelihood benefits were more exposed to stress (21.7 percent), 6 percentage points higher than others.
Among the respondents, 64 percent said that homework and tests were the major source of stress, followed by parents talking about school grades (55.9 percent).
Others included excessive involvement from parents (40.2 percent), and clash of interests or opinions with parents (38.8 percent).
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)