2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Personality and Perceived Stress Among College Students
Shannon M. Albright*, Idean Judah, Margaret Terranova, Greg Bellville, Christopher R. Honts, Maria A. Spilker, Lauren A. Kienstra, and Adam H. Kabins
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between stress and personality. Prior research has demonstrated that reported stress is positively related to Type A personality and negatively related to hardiness (Riggio, 2003). However, little research exists on the relation between experienced stress and the Big Five personality dimensions (i.e., intellect, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability). College students (n = 137) completed the Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983) and the International Personality Item Pool scale (www.ipip.ori.org). Emotional stability (r = .70), intellect (r = .30), conscientiousness (r = .24), and extraversion (r = .21) were related significantly to stress. Our results supported the hypothesis that personality would play a role in experienced stress.

Keywords: Personality, Stress

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-2
Location: VH 1010
Time: 1:30 pm

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