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Seventeen and stressed – Do gender and class matter?
Hälsovetenskap, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
2012 (English)In: Health Sociology Review, ISSN 1446-1242, E-ISSN 1839-3551, Vol. 21, no 1, 82-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite concerns about stress levels in young people, research about stress and stressors among boys and girls that apply an intersectionality approach is scarce. This cross-sectional study explored gender, class (indicated by academic orientation) and multi-group (gender/class) patterning of perceived stress and reported stressors in a sample of 1,663 17-year-old Swedish students. The students, especially girls, were highly stressed. No class differences were found. Performance-related stressors were predominately indicated by students in academic programmes and girls (regardless of class). Looks-related stress was more common among girls than boys, whilst economic and relational stressors were mostly indicated by vocational programme students, particularly girls. There was a complex gender and class patterning of stress due to demands and lack of money. The interplay of gender and class should be acknowledged in identifying determinants of stress in young people. Possible implications for mental health are discussed.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. Vol. 21, no 1, 82-98 p.
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perceived stress, stressors, gender, social class, adolescents, intersectionality, sociology
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112521OAI: diva2:878726
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2015-12-09

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