The article, The Relationship Between Adolescent Academic Stress and Sleep Quality, was a research done in China. The research was trying to see if academic stress affected adolescents. The research looked to see how academic stress impacted sleep quality, school burnout, and depression. The hypothesis said that academic stress did have an impact in all of those things. The stress caused students to get less hours of sleep and have a higher chance of getting depression.
In the article, The Relationship Between Adolescent Academic Stress and Sleep Quality, they gave adolescents self-report questioners. The questioners were given to almost 800 students in China. The students were aged 12 to 18 years old and were in grades 7 through 12. The students were asked a series of questions surrounding their academic stress. They were asked about sleep quality, school burnout, and depression. They were asked these questions to see how and if academic stress affected these things. “Academic stress is subjective stress that involves frustration associated with academic failure, the feeling of such failure, or even an awareness of the possibility of such failure.” (Chun, 2004; Misra & Castillo, 2004) The stress of having good grades and passing classes causes students to stay up later, giving them less time to sleep. This stress can also cause depression in adolescents. Not passing a test can cause students to think they did not try hard enough or that they did not study enough. Thus, causing a cycle of them studying more and sleeping less. “Adolescents experience depression even if they do not meet the criteria for clinical depression.” (Roberts & Duong, 2013) This is all basically a cycle. Academic stress leads to less sleep which also leads to depression, and depression also leads to less sleep which leads to school burn out. The hypothesis was proven to be correct in the end. The hypothesis said that academic stress negatively affected sleep quality. It also said that it would cause school burnout and depression. The study shows different charts and gives in depth explanations of how academic stress affected sleep, school burnout, and depression. The study also talks about how this has become a serious problem in adolescents over the past couple of years.
Hypothesis & Variables
Academic stress will affect sleep quality, depression and school burnout in adolescents. When adolescents have to deal with more academic stress they will have lower sleep quality and will also have more school burn out and depression. The independent variable is the academic stress and the dependent variables are the quality of sleep, school burnout, and depression. This hypothesis was proven to be proven after giving surveys to students.
For this study they gave around 800 students from China aged 12 to 18 self-report questioners. In the self-report questionnaire, they asked a series of questions about academic stress, school burnout, depression and sleep quality. They had students answer questions based on scales. For example, if a student agreed with the statement they would answer 5, full agreement or always. If the students did not agree with the statement they would answer 1, full disagreement or never. They surveyed around 360 boys and around 397 girls from grades 7 to 12. Although they did have a large number of participants, this study was only done in China. The study was diverse because not only did they have an almost equal number of boys and girls, but they had different ages and grades. This helped to show how much academic stress affected students of different genders and ages. The study was diverse in China, but it may not be the same in other countries. Self-report questioners may not be the best way to conduct this study. It was a great way to get and insight of what adolescents are feeling but there is no way of knowing if what they answered is actually true. Either way, the study did a good job of proving their hypothesis. They showed broke down their results in different categories showing a in depth analysis.