The Pressure to Be Perfect Creates Teenage Mental Health Problems: Study
Girls are brought up in all societies with fixed notions of how they should sit, talk, laugh, walk and behave, and what kind of clothes they should wear. Pressure to do better in society and to fit into socially normed “ideal girl” criteria can lead to adolescent mental health issues, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Exeter in England claimed in their study that pressure from school friends and family to become an ideal girl and live up to society’s expectations could lead to problems with Mental Health.
Dr Lauren Stentiford, senior lecturer in education at the University of Exeter and author of this study, said the team studied published research articles on girls’ mental health from 1990 to 2021, in which they found that adolescent girls are more prone to mental health problems.
Dr Stentiford said: “We hope our work will draw attention to the growing dangers to girls’ mental health. This will prompt to intensify the discussion on this serious subject towards the education system and the environment.
According to this study published in the journal Educational Review, the school and family environment can be a cause of stress for girls from all walks of life. The pressure to get good grades, to be active and popular, and to participate in post-education activities affects adolescent mental health.
The study shows that parental expectation at home and the pressure to compete in school raise concerns for the future among teenage girls.
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