Stress Coping Strategies of University Students
Juggling the varied responsibilities of being a university student can, at times, make it seem like one's goals are threatened. This is stressful; effective coping strategies are essential for one's university 'career' to be satisfying and productive. In a sense, coping is a skill that develops over time and through life's experiences, both good and bad. Where students have not developed this skill, they may approach staff for guidance, especially when they have established rapport with a particular tutor. How well will that academic tutor help when called upon? Do students have other sources of support? How aware of their typical coping responses are students, and can they flexibly deploy different strategies to meet the precise nature of the stressor? Here in WARU, Drs Simon Payne and Dave Whitworth are qualitatively investigating the experiences of stress and coping of university students - from both student and staff perspectives - and their data will inform institutional policy, student support provision, and the effectiveness of personal tutors as the 'first line of defence' against the harm that stress often causes.