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Perceived Stressors among College Students in an American and a Korean University

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2011, 38(2), pp.81-113
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general

오은정 1 Carolyn A. Blondin 2 Jeff L. Cochran 2 Robert L. Williams 2

1목원대학교
2University of Tennessee

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ABSTRACT

A sample of 268 students attending a private university in South Korea and 232 students attending a large public university in the U.S. responded to a measure of stressors used in other studies on college‐level stress. The ratings of both samples yielded high internal consistency and similar factor structures. The ratings did not differ significantly according to the year in school but did yield a significant main effect according to nationality and there was a significant interaction between nationality and gender. The specific stressors that most differentiated the responses of the Korean and American students were finances, academic requirements, housing, planning,and feelings of being overwhelmed. The American students obtained significantly higher scores on the perceived frequency of these stressors than did the Korean students. Only the attainment of personal goals was reported as a more frequent stressor by Korean students than their American counterparts.

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