Chronic Stress and the Risk of High School Dropout

A variety of factors impact a student’s readiness to learn and their educational success, which research finds is a leading determinant in lifelong health. One factor that can impede such readiness is chronic stress, which can manifest in both physiological and psychological ways to undermine a student’s opportunity to learn and succeed in school. This brief provides an overview of chronic stress, with the goal of helping school-based health centers and their partners recognize chronic stress and its root causes as key intervention points to improve health and educational outcomes.