An exploration of the pressures faced by students In managing their daily lives
Sambrooks, Hannah Emily
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Daily hassles have been defined as "irritating, frustrating, distressing demands that to some degree characterize everyday transactions with the environment" (Kanner, Coyne, Schaefer, & Lazarus, 1981, p. 3). For university students, these hassles include academic pressures, time pressures, financial constraints, friendships and traffic (Misra, & McKean, 2000; Pett, & Johnson, 2005). These are said to have a negative impact on student’s well-being (Andrews, & Hejdenberg, 2007), therefore this study aimed to further explore these stressors in order to gain a greater understanding as to their impact on students. 10 semi-structured interviews were conducted on BSc Psychology undergraduate students situated at Cardiff Metropolitan University. A thematic analysis revealed the global theme (Clarke, & Braun, 2014) to be that of Self-Efficacy. Within this global theme four pertinent organising themes emerged; ‘Motivation’, ‘Stress’, ‘Coping’ and ‘Ambiguity’. This study has implications for how university stressors are understood to impact on students, and the potential importance of self-efficacy in the mediation of student stress.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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