The purpose of this research was to identify frequency of stressors and evaluate current levels of stress of undergraduate students. This study also analyzed and identified coping strategies implemented by college students. Two surveys were used in this study. The University Stress Scale developed by Stallman (2009) was used to identify perceived stressors and measure stress levels of participants. Brief Cope Inventory developed by Carver (1997) was used to assess coping strategies.

SPSS was used for data analysis and computation of scores. Academic/coursework demands was the highest perceived stressor among sampled undergraduates. Procrastination, study/life balance, finances and money problems were also identified to have caused significant stress over the past month. The most common coping strategy among the study sample was active coping. Denial was the least common strategy used. Overall, female students were more likely stressed than male students. Recommendations for further research include conducting this study among a broader scope of students including graduate students and inclusive of more racial groups.


Mark Windschitl

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Johnson Afolayan

Committee Member

Marge Murray-Davis

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Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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