Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

Degree Level



Curriculum and Instruction


John Pijanowski

Committee Member

Ed Bengtson

Second Committee Member

Kevin Brady

Third Committee Member

Kara Lasater


Adaptive Abilities, School Structures, Self-Care, Stress, Teenagers


The purpose if this study is to examine the stress experience of teenagers during their high school years. The study uses existing research to identify causes of stress and stress- management techniques and then gathers students’ perceptions through surveys and a group interview to provide student voice on the issue of stress.

Recent nation-wide efforts have been made in schools to provide more supports for the social and emotional well-being of students, but despite these efforts, stress levels of high school students remain elevated. Understanding the ways in which students identify stress and the adaptive abilities they use to manage stress will help schools to design environments and programming to meet the mental, social, emotional and physiological needs of their students.