A Focus Group Interview Study of the Experience of Stress amongst School-Aged Children in Sweden
3.4. Analytic Strategy
3.5. Ethical Considerations
4.1. Theme: Body and Mind React
"Then when you are stressed it sometimes feels like you can break down for kind of anything" (Focus Group No. 10).
“The one who is stressed does not want to do much, just wants to be for herself. Gets irritated easily. I think you can notice a little that he or she is sad. That person is not so vibrant, he or she is more by herself. He or she does not want to talk about what he or she might be sad about” (Focus Group No. 2).
“If you are stressed, you are kind of very tired. You don’t want to talk to anyone. Just do what you must” (Focus Group No. 5).
4.1.1. Subtheme: Friendship Matters
“I get stressed if I’ve told a secret and then I realize that secret I probably shouldn’t have told” (Focus Group No. 6).
“When you fight because both get angry at each other and you are angry at each other then I get stressed. When the break is over and we haven’t straightened it out then I get stressed because I might be sitting next to her in class” (Focus Group No. 1).
“I get stressed when someone says, ‘You’re ugly’. Then I panic. I get angry and then you get depressed. I notice it when you don’t talk so loud and you become quiet” (Focus Group No. 3).
4.1.2. Subtheme: Parental Stress Affect
“When mom and dad are stressed and irritated, it feels like it’s my fault. I can get a bit annoyed and a bit sad because I think it is my own fault” (Focus Group No. 2).
4.1.3. Subtheme: Trying to Do My Best
“You have to pass all subjects and get good grades and if your parents get angry that you have bad grades, you are very stressed because you want good grades” (Focus Group No. 3).
“They say that it is not very important with grades yet, but it may feel a bit like it is very important” (Focus Group No. 8).
“You have a lot to do and a lot of things to do all the time and then you get stressed because you want to catch everything in time” (Focus Group No. 7).
“Sometimes it’s good to be stressed, but sometimes it’s pretty bad because sometimes stress puts a lot of pressure. And sometimes, well … for example, if I must go to school, then I hurry and then it goes faster if I stress. So, it can be good” (Focus Group No. 8).
6. Strengths and Limitations
7. Implications for Practice
Conflicts of Interest
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|Focus Group (Number)||Sex, Number of Participants||School (Name)||Age (Years)|
|2||3 girls, 1 boy||A||10–11|
|3||5 girls, 1 boy||A||11–12|
|5||1 girl, 2 boys||A||12|
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Warghoff, A.; Persson, S.; Garmy, P.; Einberg, E.-L. A Focus Group Interview Study of the Experience of Stress amongst School-Aged Children in Sweden. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114021
Warghoff A, Persson S, Garmy P, Einberg E-L. A Focus Group Interview Study of the Experience of Stress amongst School-Aged Children in Sweden. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(11):4021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114021Chicago/Turabian Style
Warghoff, Alexandra, Sara Persson, Pernilla Garmy, and Eva-Lena Einberg. 2020. "A Focus Group Interview Study of the Experience of Stress amongst School-Aged Children in Sweden" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 11: 4021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17114021