The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between over-adaptation towards peers, psychological stress, and subjective adjustment to school in Japanese junior high school students. “Over-adaptation” was defined as the condition in which a person engaged in external over-adaptive behavior (self-inhibition and other-oriented behavior) towards others. A total of 949 Japanese junior high school students (453 boys and 495 girls) completed 3 questionnaires: an over-adaptation (towards peers) scale, a psychological stress scale, and subjective adjustment to school scale. The over-adaptation scale consisted of 16 questions which were subdivided into the 2 subscales; “self-inhibition” and “peer-oriented behavior”, and 16 questions of psychological stress scale were subdivided into the following 4 subscales; “angry affect”, “depression”, “physical response”, and “helplessness”. The results indicated that (1) a high score on self-inhibition towards peers significantly was related to a high score on all stress responses and a low score on subjective adjustment to school, and (2) a high score on peer-oriented behavior significantly was related to a high score on all stress responses, but unrelated to subjective adjustment to school.
Junki Kazama, Nagoya University, Japan
Kenji Hiraishi, Nagoya University, Japan
Stream: Mental Health
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