Abstract

Psychological research has studied the effects of college academic demands on students' wellbeing through the moderating role of coping mechanisms. This study provides further insight by focusing on coping mechanisms among graduate students from different fields, including humanities, STEM, and social sciences. Participants were recruited at the University of Central Florida (n=97). They answered an online survey assessing the prevalence of academic stressors, the use of different coping mechanisms, and strain outcomes, including somatic symptoms, insomnia, and burnout. STEM students reported higher organizational constraints and higher interpersonal conflict compare to students in other fields. Arts and humanities students reported higher use of maladaptive coping mechanisms. The results provide an essential overview of stress patterns among graduate students, an understudy population on academic well-being.

Thesis Completion

2020

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Jex, Steve

Co-Chair

Horan, Kristin

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2020

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