A study of 589 high-school students in Los Angeles looked into the links between family and home stress and school performance. The teenagers reported their daily family and school experiences in a diary every day for a fortnight recording conflict with parents, family demands, learning difficulties, school attendance and other experiences. The study found that when the teenagers experienced stress at home they had problems with their school work over the next two days and when they had problems with their school work they had more problems at home over the next forty-eight hours. But there were also more long-term effects and adolescents who had higher levels of family stress and schoool problems at the start of high school saw declining achievement four years later.
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