Stress and the undergrad : An investigatory study into the sources of intrapersonal & academic stress, and its effects on full and part time students

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Byrne, Alison
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this quantitative study is to look at four hypotheses; that there would be a significant difference in stress levels of part time and full time students, and there would be a significant difference in stress levels in academia than reported daily hassles, there would also be a significant difference between males and females in reported stress levels, and that there would be a significant difference in reported stress levels of business versus psychology students. The participants of this study were 125 students from the Dublin Business School. When these are broken down into gender 59 males and 66 females took part in this study; 68 were full time and 57 part time. The criterion variable is emotional exhaustion and the predictor variables were depersonalisation, uplifts, general health, and hassles. A regression analysis was conducted on the continuous variables and the results found a significant result. It indicated that the amount of variance explained by the model of the predictor variables is 89% (F( 4,120)= .885, p<.05). A two-way ANOV A was conducted on the categorical variables and results found that there was a statistically significant difference in emotional exhaustion at the p<.05 level between full and part time students F(1,117)=11.209, p<.05. The two-way ANOVA also took into account course and gender. Results showed there was no significant difference between business and psychology courses or gender. A future direction would be to examine stress levels in students, ask for recommendations in what the college can do to reduce these levels and retest the students after the recommendations are put in place to see if stress and burnout levels are significantly reduced.