The Faces of 90.5 WESA
Mon September 16, 2013
How to Deal with New School Anxiety
New school anxiety hits students transitioning between school levels each year. As this academic year gets underway Cathy Petchel, a clinical psychologist at Washington & Jefferson College, is ready to help.
Petchel says the major issues which contribute to new school anxiety stem from a fear of the unknown. That includes new social situations and how to build relationships in this new setting. Heightened academic expectations can also be a source of anxiety.
One solution, says Petchel is seek advice from older siblings, as they can answer younger siblings’ questions and ease their minds when it comes to the unknown. A way for adults to help ease anxiety is to develop a “self-initiative” in students.
One of Petchel’s favorite philosophies, highlights how students’ and parents’ anxieties are connected, “If you prepare the child, you prepare the parent.”