The purpose of this study was to identify factors influencing the perceived stress among female college students. The cross-sectional survey data were collected from 459 female college students in three provinces in South Korea by online method from August 27 to October 26, 2017., and analyzed by a stepwise multiple regression method. The perceived stress level was found high among those with no regular exercise or experiences with sexually transmitted infections. It was negatively correlated with self-efficacy, but positively correlated with uncertainty intolerance. The mean score of perceived stress was 19.45±4.79 (range: 6-40).
The factors influencing the perceived stress of female college students include self-efficacy, intolerance of uncertainty, health status, and experiences with sexual transmitted infections, which explained 37.7% of the variability in the perceived stress according to the regression model (F=70.38, p<.001). The findings of this study suggest a need of developing interventions that prevent sexually transmitted infections, reduce intolerance of uncertainty, maintain good health, and increase self-efficacy in order to reduce the perceived stress of female college students in South Korea.