Need for the Study:
The present study was designed to address the stress and coping strategies employed by the students of engineering and medical students in a semi urban area of Karnataka state. This study will also address how both stress and coping strategies are correlated with each other. As the available research has found that the students encounter a lot of stressors in their day to day life (Vivek and Waghachavare 2013). Due to these stressors a large number of difficulties are faced by the students in their educational setup. While dealing with these stressors the students use different coping strategies and these strategies helps them to overcome the negative effects of stressful situations and makes them excel in their academic life in particular (Chandrashekhar 2007) by keeping this in mind the present study was aimed to find the relationship between stress experienced and the type of coping strategies used by the students. The present study would also like to find the most effective coping strategy used by these students while dealing with the academic stress. For this study I have taken students from both medical and engineering colleges of district Tumkur, Karnataka. The level of stress and which coping strategies suits best while dealing with the academic stress would be the main focus of this study
The sample consisted of 97 male, and 100 female students of Medical colleges, and 91 male, and 100 female students of Engineering colleges were selected from semi urban area of Tumkur District, Karnataka state. Students were selected based on their interest in the study and submission of informed consent. Method of purposive sampling was used. The data was collected from November 2012 to April 2013.
The sample age range from 17 years to 21 years, with both genders (n= 188, 48.5 %) males and (n= 200, 51.5 %) females. The respondents were studying in Medical (n= 197, 50.8 %) and Engineering (n= 191, 49.2 %) colleges.
The data was collected using 2 scales. To collect the personal information of the participations the demographic data sheet was given to the sample. In that personal data sheet their Name, age, gender and educational qualification, income, family type, and other details were collected. The Student Stress Scale (Akthar Z, 2011) was administered to the students so as to know their level of stress of respondents. This scale consists of 51 items. The items are based on Likert-Type scale ranging from 5 Always (A) to 1 never (N) with reliability of internal constancy of 0.78 and Validity of the test scale is 0.72.
Coping Check List (CCL) developed by Subbakrishna (1989) was administered the students, to find the strategies applied by the students while dealing with the stress. This questionnaire consists 70 items describing a broad range of emotional, behavioral and cognitive coping responses, that an individual might use to handle...