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Title: Identifying Potential Stressors of University Students : The case of the University of Balamand
Authors: Nahas, Nayla G. 
Williamson, Laurie
Menassa, Elie 
Affiliations: Department of Psychology 
Department of Business Administration 
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: UNESCO
Part of: Proceedings of the Arab regional conference on higher education
Start page: 185
End page: 198
Conference: Towards and Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Societal Responsibilities (31 May- 2 June 2009 : Cairo) 
Current research indicates that the prevalence of stress is increasing among college students and impacts student achievement and student retention, both issues integral to the mission of any university. Consequently, identifying potential stressors that may interfere directly or indirectly with learning, achievement, and the well-being of students becomes of major importance to the university. This paper presents the results of a case study conducted during the academic year 2007 - 2008 on a representative sample of University of Balamand (UOB) students (N = 584) living on the UOB campus. It analyzes the stressors as perceived and lived by the students in relation to their gender and age. Methodologically, a new way to identify potential stressors is proposed which is in concordance with a theoretical approach that considers the person from a holistic point of view. A blend of qualitative and quantitative techniques is used. Results of the study indicate that the main source of stress is related to personal issues and considered highly stressful. The two most stressful events identified by students were Lebanons political instability and the level of superficiality in the culture. Males were significantly more stressed than females, and older than younger. Suggestions for developing appropriate programs to help students cope effectively will be addressed.
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Type: Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Psychology

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