This study explores the influence of chronic stress in college students. It focuses on the broader chronic stressors that college students experience related to physical and mental health, financial health and wellbeing, and presence of social supports, then addresses the more specific chronic stressors related to intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. This phenomenon is analyzed under the theoretical frameworks of social determinants of health, intersectionality, and systems theory. An online survey with both open and closed-ended questions was conducted with undergraduate social work students from the Bachelors of Social Work program at the University of Central Florida. The results of the study found that there was links between intersecting identities of participants with higher levels of chronic stress based on their chronic stress scores and participant responses on the influence of their identities on barriers to their physical, mental, and financial health.
Yalim, Asli Cennet
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
School of Social Work
Meyer, Heather E., "The Influence of Intersecting Identities on Chronic Stress in College Students" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 978.