Literature Review on College Students' Stress


             College students all stress out about one situation/life generality or another. Some of these situations/life generalities are individuation, computer anxiety, ethnic .

             and gender roles in student-athletes, and mathematics anxiety. .


             There have been many studies looking at stress in college students. At one time or another, college students are forced to deal with a stressful situation. Stress, in this paper, is defined as "the level of discomfort felt in response to events perceived as overwhelming and harmful to one's well being” (Fraser & Tucker, 1997). Since there are so many stresses in college students' lives, this paper will be talking about only a few of them. .

             Students with technophobia suffer from more than not knowing how to set your VCR clock or an aversion to using a computer. In its worse form, it can cause physical symptoms such as sweaty palms and headaches. In its lesser forms, it can make people uncomfortable, self-conscious, and inefficient when they encounter technology (DeLoughry, 1993). Another situation/life generality is individuation. Individuation is when an individual has achieved "a level of differentiation that allows him or her to function within relationships as autonomous and self-directed without being emotionally constricted, impaired, or feeling overly responsible for significant others” (Fraser & Tucker, 1997, p.462). Mathematics anxiety is defined by Vance as "feelings of nervousness and mental confusion that interfere with one's ability to manipulate numbers or work mathematical problems” (Vance & Watson 1994, 261).

             Literature Review.

             College students stress about many situations and life generalities. Four of these are individuation, technophobia, being an athlete, and mathematics. Every college student, and everyone else in the world, will be faced with a stress in their lives at some time or another. Each of these will be discussed in this review of the literature.

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