A Descriptive Study to Assess the Level of Stress and Coping Strategies among the Students of Sharda University

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Ms. Aastha Singh, Ms. Divya Upreti, Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma, Mr. Ketan Sharma, Ms. Nishtha Thakur, Ms. Shiva Chauhan

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INTRODUCTION:


In commenting in considerable detail on the four main articles in the special section on stress and coping, the author comes to two main conclusions: First, there is an increasing amount of high quality research on stress and coping that suggests the field is finally maturing, and this research may help reduce the long-standing gap between research and clinical practice. Second, this research is increasingly using badly needed research designs that have not hitherto been sufficiently emphasized, such as longitudinal or prospective designs, focused on observations that are day-to-day, microanalytic, and in-depth, and that are compatible with a holistic outlook. The researcher also addresses the role of positive emotion in coping, the concept of defense as it is dealt with nowadays, and the task of evaluating coping efficacy.


Objectives: The objectives of the study were to assess the stress level among the students of Sharda University, to identify the coping strategies students frequently used to relieve their stress and to associate the level of stress with selected demographic variables in a selected college of nursing, greater Noida.


MATERIALS AND METHODS: A quantitative research approach with descriptive Research design was adopted for the study. A total of 75 students studying in selected college (Sharda) of Greater Noida, UP, who met the inclusion criteria were selected using convenient sampling technique. The tool consists of demographic variables, knowledge questionnaire to assessthe level of stress and coping strategies adopted by students.Reliability of the tool was established by Cronbach’s alpha method and it was found to be 0.89. Ethical permission was obtained from ethical committee Sharda University and the written informed consent was taken from each participant before administering the tool.


RESULTS: Findings of the present study revealed that the stress level among the students is significantly associated with the following demographic variables such as: “age”, “habitat”, “educational status of father” and “type of family”. Whereas the stress level among the students is non-significantly associated with the following demographic variables as: “gender”, “religion”, “dietary habits” and “family income”. Whereas selected demographic variables of students age, education, religion, type of family, mother’s education status, father’s education status, family income per month, type of coping strategies, stress management, history of previous stressors, sources of health information were not statistically significant at 0.05 level of significance


CONCLUSION: Level of stress and poor coping strategies affects the academic performance, domains of health greatly impacting on the mental health of the students.

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