2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

An Investigation of Perceived Academic-Related Stress within Various Disciplines at a Midwestern Liberal Arts University
Sarah D. Shay*, Abby J. Walker, Mason S. Einspahr, and Rebecca J. Gingrich
Dr. Joseph Visker, Faculty Mentor

Stress among college students with differing disciplines has been up for debate for years. Previous studies indicated that stress varied depending on students majors. In order to quantify students perceived stress, a 30-item survey was completed by 87 students at a small, rural Midwestern university. Disciplines were divided into subgroups based on the school in which they belonged. Results were used to analyze their attitudes, knowledge, and behavior about stress. Non-parametric analyses were conducted to compare knowledge, attitude, and behavior differences among disciplines. Results showed there is a significant difference between the selected majors. A non-parametric test indicated a statistically significant difference between the amount of stress reported in freshmen and juniors. There was statistically significant difference in both knowledge and attitudes among classes. This study showed that a college students level of stress may vary depending on discipline, class status, and age. Implications for professional use will be discussed.

Keywords: discipline, stress

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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