Familial Stress and Academic Performance: The Role of an Outside Stress Factor on the Academic Success of College Students
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College students face large amounts of pressure to succeed, both in their academic pursuits and in their home lives. That pressure may cause a significant change in the way these students are able to succeed academically, or at the very least their perceptions of how well they are performing. Students face stress from multiple different sources throughout their academic careers, but the effects of an individual outside stressor on academic performance are limited. Family-based stress may have a significant adverse effect on the academic performance of college students. After building and releasing a 20-question survey that focused exclusively on a student's family-based stress and their academic successes, a significant effect was found (r (27) = +0.46, p < .05, two-tailed, r2 = 0.21). This indicates that as a student experiences a higher degree of familial stress, their dissatisfaction with their academic performance increases as well. Students should be aware of this trend while making plans for college as to help alleviate some of the pressure they might face, and campuses can allocate resources to areas that would benefit students most, such as access to mental health resources and stress management courses.