To understand stressors experienced by rural adolescents and their relationship to psychosocial well-being, high school students completed the Personal Problems Checklist for Adolescents and three measures of well-being. The most frequently reported problems were in social/friendship and parental domains. The most commonly reported individual problem was "Not having any privacy." Analyses indicated significant associations between problems reported and well-being. As age increased, problems reported in parental, dating, and crisis domains decreased. Girls reported more problems than boys in the parental domain, as did participants in stepfamilies. Extension and 4-H programs may help ease the effects of stressors on rural youth.
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Phillips, T. M., Randall, B. A., Peterson, D. J., Wilmoth, J. D., & Pickering, L. E. (2013). Personal Problems Among Rural Youth and Their Relation to Psychosocial Well-Being. The Journal of Extension, 51(3), Article 27. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss3/27