2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

A Comparison of Stress Levels between Freshmen and Seniors at Truman State University
Amy N. Bauche
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

Stress inevitably is a part of every college student’s life. However, perceptions of stress affect an individual’s behavior and performance. The purpose of this study was to examine the short and long-term causes and effects of stress of freshmen and seniors at Truman State University. A 26-question survey was developed, piloted, and refined. Questions included demographics, sources of stress, perceptions and consequences of stress. Surveys (N=700) were administered to 100-level and 400-level courses during Spring 2006. Half of freshmen and 60% of seniors perceived academics to be their most frequent source of stress. Over 50% of all students responded that they would not attend a stress management seminar. Less than 20% of all students responded that prolonged stress would not have a negative affect on their quality of life. Further research is needed to determine positive stress management practices for Truman students.

Keywords: Stress, freshmen and senior , perception of stress, sources of stress, stress consequences , stress management , academics and stress, behavior/performance

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-36
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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