2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Perceived Stress Level and Support System
Jacqueline M. Seals* and Michelle E. Riefe
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

College students encounter stress as a part of their college experiences (i.e., social changes and academic pressures). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between stress levels and support systems among college students at a small Midwest University. One hundred seventeen students were surveyed using convenience sampling. Each participant completed an online questionnaire including 10 questions to determine stress levels, 11 questions to determine support groups, and three demographic questions. The 10 questions used to determine stress levels were taken from Sheldon Cohens Perceived Stress Scale (PPS). PPS is a psychological instrument with an established reliability and validity (r=.85). The findings indicated no significant correlation between stress and support system where r(117)=.016,ρ >.05. Limitations to this study included sample size and selection of participants. This study indicated no significant relationship between an individual's stress level and the use of a support system.

Keywords: Perceived Stress , College Students, Support Systems

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-9
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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