Academic Stress Experiences of Undergraduate Students in a Nigerian University and its Implication for Counselling

By Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo.

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The research design adopted for the study is descriptive survey. Samples were drawn from six faculties out of the 13 faculties in the university using random sampling technique. A total of 100 students each were purposively chosen from each faculty across the different levels. Participation of males and females were ensured. A self-designed validated and reliability ascertained questionnaire was used to collect data. The reliability of the instrument was determined using split-half method and a reliability coefficient of 0.72 was obtained. Data collected were analyzed using simple percentages and t – test. The hypothesis was tested at the 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed that the commonest cause of academic stress was
“standing to receive lectures due to limited seats at lecture halls 94.1%, lack of water in halls of residence 94.3 %, epileptic supply of electricity 93 %, lack of teaching aids 93.1 %, congestion of students in lecture halls 91.4 % and unfair marking scheme 90 % while too many assignment were shown to be the least causes of academic stress. 5% of the respondents experienced low academic stress, 30 % of the respondents experienced high level of stress while 65% of the students experienced a very high level of stress. Across gender there is significant difference in the level of academic stress of male and female students. The t value obtained was 0.504 at P> 0.05.

Keywords: Academic Stress, Undergraduate Stress, Counselling

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.111-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 798.414KB).

Dr. Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo

Senior Lecturer, Educational Foundations and Counselling, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Osun, Nigeria

I am Ojo Olubukola Olakunbi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education Economics. I also had my masters and Ph.D. degree in Guidance and Counseling from the same university in 1994 and 2000, respectively. In the university l engage mostly in teaching, research and community service. I take undergraduate and postgraduate courses in counseling techniques; vocational development; family, sex and marital counseling and so on. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research theses. I also supervise undergraduate students on teaching practice and postgraduate students on counseling practicum. My research interests are on Health Counseling, Gender issues and Adolescents Health and Development.


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