The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
How Young People Cope with Stress
The Youth I.D.E.A.S. (established by HKFYG Youth Research Centre) has released its study on “How Young People Cope with Stress”. Data gathered from 520 Hong Kong young people via a territory-wide random sampling telephone survey aged 12-29 showed that more than 60% of respondents indicated 6 points or above on a 0-10 scale (10 denoted the highest level level) when asked to rate the level of stress that they were facing. Over 20% even said that their level reached 8 to 10 points. The average period of stress was 39.5 days. Deteriorating moods (31.2%), anxiety (26.0%) and insomnia (21.1%) were the most common symptoms. Some respondents from case interviews disclosed that they lacked knowledge in coping stress or managing emotion, and neglected the importance of handling the problem at the early stage.
The study recommended a fully subsidized outdoor education camps for all senior primary and junior secondary school students to boost confidence, communication and problem-solving skills. It also recommended promoting anti-stress message sharing scheme led by young people to strengthen youngsters’ skills in handling stress.