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College students -- Psychology; Stress (Psychology);


Graduate students face an increased number of activities and responsibilities while in graduate school that, taken together, can be stressful. Upon entering graduate school, a graduate assistant becomes involved in activities such as becoming a staff member, teachers assistant, advisor, counselor, or research assistant. The student must also carry a heavy course load in addition to the requirements of a graduate assistantship. This increase in activities is in addition to other problems the student already may face: family anxiety, unevenness in preparation and experiences among students, program inflexibility, and lack of support services for graduate students. Researchers have determined that stress is a possible cause of attrition among many graduate students. Some known sources of stress in graduate school are as follows: a) fear of academic failure, b) interpersonal problems, c) concerns over the unexpected, uncontrolled situations (fate failure), d) general uncertainties of graduate school and concerns about its support systems, e) finances, f) family 2 and marital problems g) gender differences, and finally h) age difference. The purpose of this study is to identify sources of stress for graduate students and to suggest alternatives for alleviating stress. First, stress and its various forms will be discussed. Second, the sources of stress will be examined. Finally, related solutions will be presented to meet those needs.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Michael D. Waggoner


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