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Producing SuccessThe Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School$
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Peter Demerath

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226142395

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226142425.001.0001

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“Generation Stress” and School Success

“Generation Stress” and School Success

(p.129) Chapter Six “Generation Stress” and School Success
Producing Success

Peter Demerath

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses how the achievement-oriented Burnham students went through their daily lives with more or less ever-present high levels of stress and fatigue, and it relates important gender differences in this area. The chapter provides a glimpse inside these students' stress-filled days and illuminates their successful and unsuccessful attempts to cope. Over 70 percent of students reported being stressed out “frequently” or “all the time,” and while female students had significantly higher cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) than male students, they also reported higher levels of stress than male students and were much more likely to identify their schoolwork as the most important source of stress. The chapter expresses that the voices and experiences of these students demonstrate that the most successful are those that are able to habituate to more or less ever-present levels of stress and fatigue.

Keywords:   stress, achievement-oriented, Burnham students, fitness, psychological capital, grade point average, GPA, fatigue

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