Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation




Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Health Sciences


Theresa Enyeart Smith

Robert Koslow


Stress is common among college students and is a predominant factor interfering with academic performance. This study evaluated how college students perceive their level of stress, the coping strategies used, and the use of resources to offset stress offered by the university. This study showed that overall, undergraduate students at JMU experienced moderate levels of stress. Pressure to succeed, balancing coursework, and lack of motivation were the most prevalent academic stressors experienced by students. This study provides evidence that perceptions of stress greatly impact student behavior and use of coping strategies. Variation in coping strategies among students highlights the importance of increased awareness to stress management resources in order to maximize student well-being and potential.



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