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ERIC Number: EJ1146635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Stress, Eustress and the National Student Survey
Gibbons, Chris
Psychology Teaching Review, v21 n2 p86-92 Aut 2015
The aim was to explore the relationship between sources of stress and a range of coping behaviours on student satisfaction and motivation. Most research exploring sources of stress construes stress as distress, with little attempt to consider positive, good stress or "eustress" experiences. A cohort of first-year psychology students (N=88) were surveyed on a range of stressors. These were amended from the UK National Student Survey (NSS, 2011). Published university league tables draw heavily on student course satisfaction but study results suggest there was also merit in measuring students' intellectual motivation and the extent to which they felt part of a learning community. Using multiple regression analyses, it was found that even the attributes that normally help one to adjust to change, such as self-efficacy, do little to help the new student adjust to university life, such was the acuteness of perceived stress in the first year. Social opportunities within the university were important to help new students integrate into university life and to help them network and build support. Educators need to consider how course experiences contribute, not just to potential distress but to potential eustress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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