ERIC Number: ED262690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of College Student Stress.
Villanova, Peter; Bownas, David A.
Perceptions of college students concerning the level of stress they experience from 25 potential stressors were studied. The sample consisted of 198 students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Based on a principal factors analysis with varimax rotation, seven stress-source factors were identified: (1) academic content, (2) interpersonal relationships and health, (3) financial security, (4) relocation and residence, (5) recent death of a family member, (6) sexual relationships, and (7) academic context (campus parking, dealing with the university administration, and relations with instructors). It was found that students perceived academic and monetary factors to be the most intense stressors, and relocation and present residence along with interpersonal relationships and health as being less stressful. These results do not speak to the persistence or duration of these stressors; it is likely that they vary along a temporal dimension as well. Some of the presently more intense stressors may be relatively incidental to long-term outcomes due to their infrequency and/or lack of duration (e.g., impending test). (SW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Death, Financial Problems, Grief, Health, Higher Education, Individual Needs, Interpersonal Relationship, Place of Residence, Sexuality, State Universities, Stress Variables, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Mobility
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, 1984.