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Akademisk stress: En kvalitativ studie om högskolestudenters upplevelser av akademisk stress
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Stress är en vanligt förekommande faktor i det mänskliga livet och inte minst i den akademiska världen. Syftet med studien var att få en djupare förståelse för högskolestudenters upplevelser av akademisk stress. Målet var också att undersöka vilka faktorer som stressar, hur stressen uttrycker sig samt hur studenterna går tillväga för att hantera stressen. Studien genomfördes genom en kvalitativ ansats där åtta studenter med en jämn fördelning av kvinnor och män fick delta i enskilda semistrukturerade intervjuer. Därefter analyserades inspelat material genom att transkriptionerna från intervjuerna bearbetades utifrån en tematisk analysmetod. Det slutgiltiga resultatet som framkom efter att materialet analyserats resulterade i följande huvudteman; osäkerhet i studierna, ökad prestation, hälsorisker på grund av stress samt undanflykt som stresshantering. Detta ligger till stor del i linje med resultaten från tidigare forskning och presenterade teorier. Tidigare forskning har bland annat visat på att stress kan vara positivt om det handlar om en lagom mängd stress. Stress anses enligt informanterna i studien bland annat vara en nödvändig faktor för engagemanget och motivationen i studierna. Vidare visar forskningen också på att stress utöver det vanliga däremot kan bidra till en hel del hälsorisker. Vad som anses vara lagom mängd stress varierar från person till person beroende på individens personliga egenskaper.

Abstract [en]

Stress is a common factor in human life, not least in the academic world. The purpose of this study was to learn more about college students experiences of academic stress. The aim was also to investigate the factors that cause stress, how stress is expressed, and what students do to handle stress. The study was conducted through a qualitative approach in which eight students with an equal distribution of women and men participated in individual semi-structured interviews. Additionally the material that was recorded and transcribed from the interviews was analysed using a thematic analysis. The analysed material resulted in four final themes; insecurity regarding studies, increased performance, healthrisks and avoidance as stress-management. The emerging results are in line with previous research and presented theories. Previous research has also shown that stress can have a positive effect if it involves a moderate amount of stress. Stress is, according to the informants in the study, considered to be a necessary factor for commitment and motivation in their studies. Moreover, research has shown that abnormal stress, on the other hand can contribute to a lot of health risks. What is considered to be a moderate amount of stress differs from person to person depending on the individual's personal characteristics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Stress, academic stress, locus of control, student stress, coping, cognitive appraisal
Keyword [sv]
Stress, akademisk stress, locus of control, studenters stress, coping, kognitiv bedömning
National Category
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7924Local ID: EXM500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7924DiVA: diva2:846886
Subject / course
Psychology; Occupational & organizational psychology
Educational program
Personalvetarprogrammet; Personalvetarprogrammet
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Available from: 2015-08-20 Created: 2015-08-18 Last updated: 2015-08-20Bibliographically approved

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