Volume 6

Stress-Related Experiences of Traditional and Nontraditional College Students and their Perceived Impact on Academic Performance

Robyn L. Joyce

This survey examined differences between traditional and nontraditional-aged college students’ in relation to factors affecting college integration and academic performance. Participants were 98 college students, 85% were women. The mean age for traditional-aged students was 21.56 years, and 33.54 years for nontraditional-aged students. College integration was manipulated within two scenarios and surveys were completed. Results showed traditional-aged students viewed college-related hassles as less important than nontraditional-aged students. However, the amount of hours worked per week was greater for the nontraditional-aged student group. Increased social integration was associated with traditional-aged students while higher GPA’s were associated with nontraditional-aged students. As expected the socially integrated scenario character was viewed as less stressed by both college groups.

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