Date of Award
College of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Dr. Dennis P. Prisk, Chair
Dr. Paul Leary
Dr. Lynne Welch
Dr. Steven Banks
The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference in the perceived stress levels and the coping styles of junior and senior students in nursing and social work programs. The study used a descriptive comparative approach and was nonexperimental. Research questions were developed to guide this research. The population for this research included all junior and senior nursing and social work students preparing for or in clinical courses at a selected university. The sample consisted of 89 nursing students and 33 social work students. Data was obtained through self-reported survey procedures. The researcher visited appropriate classrooms identified by faculty. Participants were given a packet with three instruments. The first instrument was a demographic tool developed by the researcher. Perceived stress levels were measured by Cohen's Perceived Stress Scale. Coping styles were identified by the Moos Coping Responses Inventory. Responses indicated that social work students have significantly higher perceived stress levels than nursing students. Nursing students identified more reliance on approach coping responses, while social work students identified more reliance on avoidance coping responses. No significant differences were identified between the two groups based on age, gender, marital status, employment status or class.
Stress (Psychology) -- Testing
Nursing students -- Life skills assessment
Students -- Life skills assessment
Coping Responses Inventory
Perception -- Testing
Walton, Robin L., "A Comparison of Perceived Stress Levels and Coping Styles of Junior and Senior Students in Nursing And Social Work Programs" (2002). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1384.