ERIC Number: ED447872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-20
Stressors and Coping Strategies in Community College Students.
The document summarizes a study on stress and coping in a group of college students. In this study, 30 community college students, who were enrolled in an experientially taught stress reduction course, completed measures of stress, support, and coping strategies. The purpose of this study was to explore the possible positive effects of experiential learning and to shed light on stressors affecting the community college student. Of the 30 students, 27 were females, and the mean age was 27.57. All of the students were of minority group status. The 3-hour course met twice a week and was divided into an hour lecture, which covered topics such as recognizing and restructuring distorted perceptions, assertive communication and active listening, and time management. An additional 2-hour weekly session was held in the dance studio and focused on stress-reducing activities. Levels of stress and coping were measured using the adult form of the Life Stressors and Social Resources Inventory (LISRES-A) and the adult form of the Coping Resources Inventory (CRI-A). Students reported higher levels of stress associated with negative life events at the beginning of the semester. No differences were found between perceived positive life events at the beginning and end of the semester. The students showed an increased use of avoidance strategies at the end of the semester, although the change was not statistically significant. (Contains 20 references.) (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.