General Research

Depression among secondary school students in Nigeria

Parents have high expectations for their children in their academic performance. Very often, the expectations lead to undue pressure on the adolescents to perform well in their examinations, regardless of the unconducive environment around them.

Research conducted by D Igbokwe, BA Ola, RJE Ndom published in the Journal European Psychiatry has discovered the increasing problem of brain-fag syndrome, depression, and anxieties among students who are preparing for the Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Nigeria.

In a sample of two hundred and nine (209) students, they reported: “that adolescents who are about to take their final examinations manifest brain fag propensity and go on to manifest symptoms of the brain fag syndrome.”

The study is a clarion call to parents and teachers to exercise caution in the demands on their children, particularly during examination periods. Special attention should be paid to signs of depression among students in their academic activities.

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