Anxious children need proper school support
Parents should be concerned at the levels of anxiety which seem so commonplace in our schools and higher education institutions. This is because anxious primary school pupils become anxious second-level students, who in turn become anxious third-level students. All too often, they carry their anxieties into later life.
Two separate pieces of research draw attention to these worrying levels of anxiety. The first by Dr Emer Smyth of the Economic and Social Research Institute shows that girls have higher levels of anxiety than boys and are also more negative about their capacity to cope with schoolwork than boys.
Children from the lowest income group, those from immigrant backgrounds and those with special educational needs also tend to have more negative self-images.