Reported personal problems of some New Zealand high school students.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This study investigated the reported problems of 650 secondary school students in New Zealand. The Mooney Problem Check List was used, and significant differences in the number of problems marked by students were found. Age, form level, sex and ability appear to influence the number of problems marked. Younger students mark more problems than older ones, students in form four mark more than any other group, girls mark more than boys and students of low ability appear to have more problems than more able students. A secondary and minor part of this study investigated the attitudes of students to the school, in particular to the role of the school in helping them to understand the developmental and interpersonal problems of adolescence. In general, all students indicated a desire for the school to become more involved in such programmes.