ERIC Number: ED303749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Self-Reported Stressors of College Freshmen.
Staik, Irene M.; Dickman, Carol L.
Research has indicated that the freshman year of college is the most stressful for the student. This study is based on the belief that a thorough comprehension of self-reported stressors of college freshmen is necessary for administrators to plan programs designed to help students to cope with their stressors. Effective coping reduces attrition and promotes better motivated college students. The current study was conducted using qualitative methodology. All college freshmen (N=439) at a small public university in Alabama, enrolled in a required freshman orientation course in the fall term of 1987, were asked to list and describe their five most severe stressors. They were also asked to rank order the stressors by severity. These qualitative data were analyzed, and 13 categories of students' stressors emerged. The most frequently reported stressor category was academic concerns, followed by friendship and campus life, finances, and time management. Results indicated that there were no appreciable differences in reported stressors between males and females. Knowledge of these self-reported stressors should enable the administrators of this university to tailor programs designed to respond to the specific needs of its students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Louisville, KY, November 9-11, 1988).