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NEGATIVE IMPACT OF ACADEMIC STRESS

ABSTRACT

Stressors are the unwanted situations that create stress. Academic stress is a
mental and emotional pressure, tension or stress that occurs due to the demands of
college life. Academic stress is the product of a combination of academic related
demands that exceed the adaptive resources available to an individual. The aim of
this paper is to show the negative impact of academic stress. My purpose for
conducting this study was to explore the student teachers perception of major
sources of academic stress.

INTRODUCTION
Auerbach and Grambling (1998) regard stress as an unpleasant state of
emotional and physiological arousal that individuals experience in situations that
they perceive as dangerous or threatening to their wellbeing

Stress is perceived in different ways and may mean different things to


different individuals. It is perceived as events or situation that causes individuals to
feel tension, pressure or negative emotions including anxiety and anger. It is
important to note stress can have both positive and negative effects on people. It
means that stress may be a normal, adaptive reaction to threat. Its role is to prepare
individuals to take defensive actions. Stress can lead to serious problems if it is not
managed properly.

Stressors are the unwanted situations that create stress. Stressors are
demands made by the internal or external environment that upset balance, thus
affecting the physical and psychological well being and requiring action to restore
balance.

Academic stress is a mental and emotional pressure, tension or stress that


occurs due to the demands of college life. Academic stress is a mental distress with
respect to some apprehended frustration associated with academic failure or even
an awareness of possibility of some failure. Academic stress is the product of a
combination of academic- related demands that exceed the adaptive resources
available to a students academic achievement and academic ability depends on
both internal and external factors. Too much of academic stress can contribute to
depression and physical illness which can in turn negatively affect the academic
performance.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY


To study the factors causing academic stress in student teachers and also to
find out the negative impact of academic in their achievements and performance

DATA COLLECTION AND METHODOLOGY


For conducting the study about the academic stress, I had selected 20 student
teachers as the participants. All the participants were the student teachers of Sree
Narayana College of Education, Muvattupuzha. Among the selected samples8 were
boys and 12 were girls.

The selected samples were provided with the academic stress inventory
scale. The prepared academic stress inventory scale had 34 questions. The
questions were broken into two categories, positive and negative type questions.
The participants can mark their responses in three ways always, sometimes, and
never.

RATING SCALE
TYPE OF ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER
QUESTIONS
POSTIVE TYPE 1 2 3
QUESTIONS
NEGATIVE TYPE 3 2 1
QUESTIONS

ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS


Stressors are the unnecessary factors that create stress. Academic stress can
be both positive and negative. Too much of academic stress can contribute
depression and physical illness which can in turn negatively affect the academic
performance. Academic stress is a combination of both academic factors and
domestic factors.
From the collected data it is able to find out different stress causing factors.
Examination anxiety is a serious issue occurred because of an inappropriate and
guidance programmes. 19 participants faced difficulty to solve all home works
given by the teachers. They were not able to do it without the guidance or
assistance of others. They felt disappointment when they were not able to workout
the home works properly. Lack of extra curricular activities in the school causes
stress to the students.

Domestic factors also cause problems to the pupils. The unpleasant


atmosphere in the home badly affects the academic performance of the pupils. The
unhealthy atmosphere creates stress to the pupils. This stress turned into academic
stress and it badly affects the academic performance of the pupils. The better
outstanding performance of other students sometimes create unhealthy learning
atmosphere in the classroom. The teachers made comparison between the gifted
students and slow learners. The comparison creates positive academic stress in
gifted students and negative type of academic stress in slow learners.

Out of the twenty samples selected from the one forty student teachers of
S.N College of education Muvattupuzha, 7 participants (7/20) had low academic
stress. 9 Participants out of twenty (9/20) had a medium or an average level of
academic stress. 4 participants out of twenty (4/20) had a high level of academic
stress.

Academic difficulty, personal difficulty and family environment pays way


for the growth rate of academic stress. The growth rate of academic stress pays
way for the low achievement of academic knowledge and success.

Arithmetic Mean
Class Interval Frequency(fi) Mid Value of the Fixi
Class
Interval(xi)
45-50 2 47.5 95
50-55 2 52.5 105
55-60 5 57.5 287.5
60-65 7 62.5 437.5
65-70 0 67.5 0
70-75 4 72.5 290

Arithmetic Mean = fixi/N


i=1

=1215/20 =60.75

PIE DIAGRAM

Boys

low
medium
high
Girls

High
Medium
Low

CONCLUSION
Academic stress is mental and emotional pressure and occurs due to the
demand of college environment. Some academic stress is common or normal for
all individuals .Academic stress has two side, positive and negative . Positive side
helps learners to make good performance and negative side badly affect the
learners academic performance.

SUGGESTIONS
Make use of coping strategies like physical excursive , meditation , humor
therapy and positive thinking
Take a good look at course load
Make good study habits
Stay balance during exam period
Seek help from friends
Utilize all available resources
Take time for self care
Lear how to study more effectively