More children and teens are stressed out
Last year, a Primary 5 pupil fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was supposed to take his exam papers home. He had never fared poorly in his examinations from Primary 1 to 4, and scored an average of 70 marks. His mother would cane him on his palm "lightly" for every mark he fell short of her stipulated standard of 70 per cent. But he failed his Higher Chinese and mathematics in his latest mid-year exam. Out of 100 marks, he scored 50 for English, 53.8 for Chinese and 57.5 for science. This case shows what too much stress can lead to. BE THERE FOR THEMWe need to be there for teenagers when they are hurt emotionally, when they are sad and when they are celebrating.ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JOHN WONG, head of the National University Hospital's psychological medicine department. Telltale signsPrimary schoolchildren may complain of headaches, and chest and abdominal pain.They may be more clingy, emotional, demanding or con- frontational. "His mum wanted to motivate him.
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