Advances in Mental Health, Vol 9, No 1 (2010)

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Stressors and Reactions to Stressors among University Students

Shaher Hamaideh


University students are prone to stressors due to the transitional nature of university life. High levels of stress are believed to affect students' health as well as their academic performance.

The aims of this study were to identify stressors and reactions to stressors among university students, and to examine the correlations between student stressors and study variables.

A correlational descriptive design was used. Student-life Stress Inventory (SSI) was used to measure the stressors and reactions to stressors.  Stratefied random samplimg was employed to recruit the participants. The final sample consisted of 877 participants (students).

Results indicated that the highest group of stressors experienced by students was those related to "self-imposed" followed by stressors related to "pressures". Cognitive responses were found to be the highest responses to stressors experienced by students. Negative correlations were found with students' perception of health, and fathers and mothers' level of education.

This study revealed that stressors among university students come from self-imposed and pressures. Stress management, assertiveness skills, time management, and counseling sessions will be effective in reducing stress experienced by students.

Advances in Mental Health

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