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40% of year 12s suffer high anxiety. At exam time, here's what parents can do to help

By Eimear Quigley, Senior Lecturer and Director, Psychological Services Centre, Edith Cowan University
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Parents can feel hopeless when their children experience the huge emotional burden that comes with final-year exams. Sometimes our best intentions may actually make our children (and ourselves) feel worse. Previous research has found more than 40% of year 12 students experience anxiety symptoms high enough to be of clinical concern.

In 2021, varying degrees of COVID-19 lockdowns have added an extra stress layer for everyone, not least young people feeling disconnected…

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