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Michele Grethel - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Michele Grethel Michele Grethel

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Michele Marie Grethel is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Biography

Michele Marie Grethel is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Education Social Work Social Work Education

Industry Expertise (3)

Research Education/Learning Social Services

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Articles & Publications (1)

A multi-method exploratory study of stress, coping, and substance use among high school youth in private schools. Front Psychology Journal

2015

There is growing awareness that students' experiences of stress may impede academic success, compromise mental health, and promote substance use. We examined these factors in an under-studied population, private/independent high school students, using a multi-method (qualitative and quantitative), iterative data collection and analytic process. We first conducted qualitative interviews with faculty and staff at a number of highly competitive private schools, followed by an anonymous quantitative survey with 128 11th grade students from two of these settings. We then conducted a qualitative exploration of the quantitative results with a subset of students. Next, a set of Expert Panel members participated in qualitative interviews to reflect on and interpret study findings. Overall, we found students experienced high levels of chronic stress, particularly in relation to academic performance and the college admissions process. While students described a range of effective, adaptive coping strategies, they also commonly internalized these serious pressures and turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with chronic stress, although not typically at problematic levels. We discuss study implications for both schools and families derived from the Expert Panel.

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