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Chesney, from Upper Dublin High School in Dresher, PA, talks
WHYY Press Room
this press release (MS Word document)
ABOUT STRESS IN THEIR LIVES; DELAWARE TONIGHT SPECIAL AIRS FRIDAY
MAY 16 AT 5:30 PM ON TV12
Teenagers face stress
that can, at best, motivate them to perform better in school
or, more ominously, lead to physical and emotional ailments.
A group of teens from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
will discuss the causes, effects and cures for a variety of
stressful situations in a live DELAWARE TONIGHT “Friday Forum”
special on Friday, May 16, at 5:30 pm.
The teens will be joined by Dan Gottlieb,
Ph.D., family therapist and host of WHYY-FM’s VOICES
IN THE FAMILY. WHYY News Anchor Nancy Karibjanian will moderate
the discussion and will also be joined by a local high school
The participating students
are members of the WHYY Teen Council, a group formed to provide
feedback about teen concerns to the public broadcasting station
and promote interest in the communications profession.
One third of teens in
the United States say they feel stressed out on a daily basis,
according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan.
WHYY Teen Council members,
who helped produce the TV special, report that stress is not
always bad. Moderate pressure can encourage students to meet
deadlines for school work or even perform better in sports,
At the same time, stress
factors such as the college admissions process, family problems
or parental pressure to do well can lead to headaches, nightmares
or even alcohol and drug abuse.
Teen Council members
have also found a variety of ways to cope with stress. They
recommend exercise, listening to music, talking with a family
member or friends, reading and even screaming or punching a
Teen Council members
appearing on the program include Amanda August from St. Elizabeth
High School (Wilmington, DE), Michael Chesney of Upper Dublin
High School (Ft. Washington, PA), LaJuana Johnson of William
Penn High School (New Castle, DE), Bryan Lyons from Coatesville
Area Senior High School (Coatesville, PA), Meghan Packer from
Conestoga High School (Berwyn, PA), Lajuan Tucker of Overbrook
High School (Philadelphia, PA) and Dominic Vallone from Camden
Catholic High School (Cherry Hill, NJ).