Te Ru Tamariki: A Study of Juniors Settling into School and Learning: Parent Report
In our study we are looking at how children cope with stress in their daily lives, especially during their time at school. To date, our has study shown that while some children are more resistant to stress, other children are sensitive to changes in their surroundings and find it difficult to cope with stress. This sensitivity to stress is likely to be caused by the children’s exposure to many unsettling earthquakes before they were four years of age. We have found an increase in the number of children who have difficulty feeling settled in the classroom, compared to our pre-earthquake study, which is probably due to their earthquake related experiences. This means that some children might be irritable at school and feel nervous or tense and as a result, they may have difficulty in controlling their temper and expressing themselves in a positive and pro-social way. This stress reaction might also be getting in the way of their learning. They are not behaving this way on purpose. These children are sensitive to stress and it is more difficult for them to develop positive coping strategies.