psychological stress, acute stress, college students, coping, positive stress


The purpose of this literary review is to explore how psychological and acute stress affect the academic abilities of college students. We will explore the effects of stress and how they directly impair the academic, social, emotional, and mental well-being of college students in the United States.. This can be seen as you observe and study what stress looks like on a college student. It is found that over 1⁄3 of most universities have students that struggle with intense stress. Often, students do not know or understand how to cope. This lack of knowledge can stem from their childhood, where they experienced intense stressful events without ever having any conclusion or healing. The lack of direction by adults or counselors leads to avoidance coping and this is the mechanism with which they handle the rigors of college academia. Although these scenarios and stress in the public eye have been viewed as negative, recent studies have shown that individuals have more power over stress than stress does over them. Stress is adaptive, and college students can reverse the negative effects in their lives by intentionally reaching out to others and getting help. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), is a clinical method of helping manage stress, which confirms the mechanisms of reaching out to others.

While there is not a standardized method to gather data about levels of stress, this limitation does not stop researchers from noticing the impact that academic programs are finding

As well, we will see how certain mechanisms can assist students in turning stress into a manageable and positive thing in their lives, and this can help students to find stress as a positive thing that can propel college students forward to be capable of achieving their pursuits in a successful way.

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David O. McKay School of Education



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Psych 307

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