2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Stress to Impress: Stress Orientation and Perceived Stress Among College Students

Shelby Beggs*, Nicholas Waldron, and Brooke Dustman
Dr. Katie Judd, Faculty Mentor

Universities have seen a recent increase in both reported stress-levels and mental health problems (Kadison & DiGeronimo, 2004).  Literature has also suggested that students see high-stress as a mark of success. Researchers in the present study developed a "Stress Orientation Scale" to explore how college students use stress as a mark of success.  Researchers analyzed the relationship between scores on the stress orientation scale and scores on an existing measure of perceived stress, and an exploratory factor analysis was conducted to determine factor loadings for the newly developed scale. Findings showed a significant positive correlation between participants’ stress orientation levels and their perceived stress levels, and five factor loadings were identified. These results could expand the field’s understanding of stress in university students and aid administrators in managing stress on college campuses.

Keywords: Stress Orientation, Perceived Stress, Success, Mental Health


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-1
Location: SUB GEO
Time: 3:00

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