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ERIC Number: EJ899402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0888-210X
What to Do about Being Overwhelmed: Graduate Students, Stress and University Services
Oswalt, Sara B.; Riddock, Christina C.
College Student Affairs Journal, v27 n1 p24-44 Fall 2007
Few studies have examined graduate students and stress. At a large, Southeastern university, 223 graduate students completed a survey about factors contributing their stress, current coping strategies and related university services. A majority felt stressed (48.9%) or very stressed (24.7%). There were significant differences in coping strategies of males and females. Many were interested in learning about and using new coping strategies such as massage, yoga and meditation. Additionally, affordable health insurance, improving the physical environment (i.e., parking), and increasing communication in the academic context could reduce stress levels. Discussion about how health centers, counseling centers and other Student Affairs departments can help the university address these issues to reduce overall graduate student stress is included. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A