A study of stress in college students: A guide to understanding stressors

Eric L Rushing, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to examine stress levels in college students. It included demographics relative to this research, such as level of study and gender. This study sample includes both graduate and undergraduate students at a Historically Black College and University in the southeastern region of the United States of America. This researcher used two measures including a demographic questionnaire and the Adult Manifested Anxiety Scale- College (2003). Data was analyzed using an Independent T-Test and Two x Three ANOVA. Uncovered results from this study's sample indicated a significant difference in the total anxiety score between upper and lower division students. Lower division students illustrated a higher general total of anxiety when compared to students in upper division classes. It also reflected differences in total anxiety between genders with males acquiring a lower total anxiety scale than females. Finally, physiological stress, worrying, and social concerns differed based upon level of study with incidents of negative consequence attributed to stress occurring more frequently in undergraduate students.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Educational psychology|Clinical psychology

Recommended Citation

Eric L Rushing, "A study of stress in college students: A guide to understanding stressors" (2011). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1502818.