2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Socio-Economic Status as a Factor in Stress Levels, Sources of Stress, and Coping Strategies in College Students
Laura Corona Rios*, Rebecca A. Chambers, Danielle Pritchett, Deana Judah, and Shannon Albright
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine socio-economic status (SES) as a factor in stress levels, sources of stress, and coping strategies. Students enrolled in two psychology courses (n = 96) completed a perceived stress scale, indicated the severity of four stressor categories (i.e., financial, parents, academics, and peers) and reported their usage of five coping strategies (e.g., avoidance, problem-focused coping). The only significant difference was found on the use of avoidance. Students at both the high and low end of the SES scale used avoidance tactics more frequently than students within the middle range.

Keywords: stress levels, sources of stress, coping strategies, SES, stressors, avoidance, stressors, academics

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 42-4
Location: VH 1010
Time: 2:00

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