n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The management of childhood stress

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article centres on the psycho-educational management of childhood stress with special reference to children in the primary school (i.e. middle-childhood years [7-11 years]), which necessitates a clear understanding thereof. Stress in its negative form can be abuse-related and manifests negatively within children even well into their adulthood years. Literature on the phenomenon of childhood stress reveals several explanatory theories, yet, when children experience stress it calls for a different perspective and necessitates a different approach to its management, based on developing the whole child. Conclusions and guidelines for managing childhood stress can assist teachers and health professionals in its identification and intervention, especially regarding abuse-related stress.

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