Posted by: reisendame | March 6, 2007

Kids can’t be accountable for sickness that starts at home

crying_kid.jpgThe University of Rochester Medical Center recently conducted a study led by Dr. Mary Caserta, which shows that children in families facing chronic stress are sick more often than those under less stress. This study is important in the sense that stress is becoming more valid in assessing “dysfunctional” behavior, such as missing school. Many children are afflicted with stress at home, and since it can manifest itself in a number of ways, these deep-rooted problems often go unnoticed and unaddressed. An elementary-aged child cannot be expected to understand or assess his own physical ailments, especially ones that stem from serious emotional and psychological damage. This is a growing problem, and the fact that people are taking notice is quite encouraging, though the problem is far from being solved. At least in this approach, children may be afforded more opportunity to overcome their problems, rather than finding themselves becoming increasingly more isolated with personal burdens. The fact that children are shown to be physically harmed by emotional stress really indicates how grave and prolific its conditions can be. It is unfair, though still quite true, that children are shaped by their environments, no matter how horrible the conditions may be.

children_classroom2.jpg Instead of punishing them for problems that they may essentially be unaware of, school systems should put this new research to good use. Schools can employ therapists and implement programs to help students work through their problems, instead of against them. Chronic stress is host to a legion of co-morbid disorders to which there is essentially no limit. This kind of contextual approach can undoubtedly change the lives of future generations for the better; consequently, it will serve to further the betterment of society in general.  

Read the Article: Study Measures Harm of Stress on Student Health

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