College and Stress
There are numerous stress factors college students encounter while striving to complete their educational goals. Their grades may be affected by daily life situation stressors that accumulate throughout the semester. Students’ financial needs, lack of social support, family drama, and other various circumstances can all mount up to a tremendous amount of stress and may result in poor grades and lack of collected credits. In fact, stress continues to be a constant issue in people’s lives, (Holmes & Rahe, 1967; Viner, 1999) and these “life demands stressors” are unavoidable and can be overwhelming which directly or indirectly relate to individuals underperforming because of psychological and physiological symptoms (Holmes & Rahe, 1967; Joseph, Mynard, & Mayall, 2000). There are several researches that show how the stress factors college students come across during their college experience can affect their mental and physical well-being which correlates to their academic performance.
The economy has been a negative contribution to college students as it makes their financial needs difficult to fulfill. The economy has not been in the greatest of shape and the state that it is in increases the difficulty of students being able to afford for books. Not to mention the college tuition, their rent, and other necessities of living. By making college students’ everyday life harder and harder to afford because of the economic downturn, college students’ academic performance may show its effects with poor grades. In fact, study shows economic-induced stress is connected to mental or physical health (Catalano, 1991; Catalano & Dooley, 1983). There is evidence that an unsteady economy and joblessness associates with a person’s behavioral troubles (Catalano, Snowden, Shumway, & Kessel, 2007) and can lead to a lack of self-confidence (Dooley & Prause, 1995). The battle to balance their finances is a constant struggle in college students’ life, from being able to afford for their educational needs and also for their personal life.
A study by Yuh-Jen Guo, Shu-Ching Wang, Veronica Johnson, and Marcela Diaz surveyed 560 college students on four economic stress factors. The four stress factors are “Current Employment Opportunities & Condition, Future Employment Opportunities, National/Global Financial Outlook & Economic Development, and Current Financial Burden.” Their findings were that the intensity of stress rose towards future employment opportunities than that of current employment opportunities. This clarifies the reason as why college seniors are experiencing greater stress levels than that of other grade levels because of the limited amount of work in the job market as they come closer to graduation. Also, students report a much higher stress level toward their current financial burden than that of the global economic outlook. College students’ current financial needs do make a hard impact to their stress level as they are concerned...