September 01, 1998
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 1998 Current Issue
September 1998
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KID STRESS. Childhood isn't as easy as it might seem in retrospect. Almost 70 percent of kids ages 8 to 13 worry every now and then, according to a study by researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Among nearly 200 children interviewed, the top 10 worries were school performance, dying or illness of significant others, getting sick, being teased, making mistakes, their appearance, upcoming events (such as a party), their parents divorcing, whether other children like them and concern over their pets.

On average, kids dwell on their most intense worry two or three times a week. How do they cope? Pretty much the same ways as adults: More than half (55.6 percent) engage in a distracting activity, 37.6 percent try to think about more pleasant things and 8.3 percent talk about the problem with other people.

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