A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY TO ASSESS THE ACADEMIC STRESS AMONG NURSING STUDENTS AT SRM COLLEGE OF NURSING , KATTANKULATHUR
Keywords:Nursing students, stress, coping strategies, stressor
Life would be simple indeed if all of our needs are automatically satisfied. Many obstacles, both personal and environmental factors prevent this ideal situation. Stress is a universal part which affects every individual regardless of age, gender, race, economic condition& educational status. Academic stress poses a threat to physical health as well as mental health. It is believed that academic stress and certain behaviors like competitive striving for achievement, sense of time urgency, aggressiveness towards achievement and hostility contributes to anxious, sleeplessness, less communication with peers, feeling of worthlessness and helplessness in early age of life among the students. The objective of the study is to assess the level of academic stress among nursing students in SRM College of Nursing, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram district. Quantitative approach and descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. A total of 80 samples were selected using non probability purposive sampling technique. The tool used for the study comprises of 2 sections. section A contains demographic variables which includes age, type of family , religion, education of the father, education of the mother .Section B is a 4 point rating scale which was developed by the investigator which includes 20 questions which comprises of 10 positive and negative questions to assess the level of academic stress. The data was collected from 80 samples and the analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result of the study concludes that majority of the students 66(82.5%) had moderate level of academic stress and 6(7.5%) students had severe academic stress.
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