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ERIC Number: ED043321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 18
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A Comparison of the Responses of Urban and Rural Community College Students to a Survey on Stress Producing Situations.
Geiken, Duane O.
This study compared the responses of 100 randomly selected students from a rural and an urban Missouri community-junior college campus. A stressful situation was defined as any one that causes the student to be concerned, anxious, or uncomfortable. Respondents were to indicate for each of 25 items whether certain situations caused them great, moderate, little, or no stress. Results were reported for the following subgroups of urban and rural students: male, female, transfer, and vocational-technical. Urban subgroup respondents were more consistent than the rural subgroup in their ratings of the highest and lowest stress-producing situations. Significant differences at the .05 level were indicated for the following situations, using the Chi-square test: impersonality of college life, Vietnam war, loneliness, lack of student representation on college committees, and pressure from too many responsibilities. Urban students indicated significantly greater degrees of stress resulting from the first two, and rural students indicated significantly greater degrees of stress resulting from the last three. Contradictions between stated college teaching practices and what actually goes on in the classroom produced significantly more stress for rural transfer students than for urban transfer students. In conclusion, it should be noted that urban students were more concerned with national problems (Vietnam war, draft) compared with the more local concerns of rural students (loneliness, pressure). (JO)
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Identifiers: Missouri
Note: Paper presented at the EPDA Institute for Advanced Study in Student Personnel Work in Junior Colleges and Technical Institutes, University of Missouri, Columbia, Sept. 9, 1969 to June 1, 1970