Although a great deal of research has measured stressful life events and stress-related symptoms in adolescents, little research has qualitatively examined the experience of stress in teens. The purpose of this study was to utilize thematic analysis to explore how teen girls described their experiences of stress. Thirty-one girls, ages 14–18, were recruited for a study examining stress and stress-related symptoms. As part of this study, they participated in an open-ended, qualitative interview about their personal experiences of stress. Themes included the mind of stress, emotionally shutting out others, and “growing out of it.” The overarching finding was that all teen girls described anger in relation to stress. Most concerning was the predominant theme of a lack of agency in relation to affecting change or management of stress in their lives.
Stress, Adolescent Health, Adolescence, Thematic Analysis
We would like to acknowledge the 31 adolescent girls who despite their busy schedules and their headaches, agreed to participate in this research. It is because of these participants that we are beginning to better understand the experience of stress in adolescence.
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Björling, E. A., & Singh, N. B. (2017). Anger without Agency: Exploring the Experiences of Stress in Adolescent Girls. The Qualitative Report, 22(10), 2583-2599. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2941