Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Summer 8-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science in Social Work

Committee Chair

Kyeonghee Jang

Second Committee Member

Nikki Rhodes

Third Committee Member

Stephanie Hamm

Abstract

The purpose of study was to research the buffering effect of mindfulness between the stressors and perceived stress in faith-based university students. Literature suggests that as mindfulness increases, stress decreases. This study attempts to provide information on college students’ perceived stress levels, stressors they face, and mindfulness awareness. A multiple linear regression was conducted to examine the association between perceived stress, stressors, and mindfulness levels. A sample of 91 students in the Spring of 2018 at a faith-based university in Texas were asked to participate in an online survey. Some findings were not congruent with the literature. The results of this study found that the significant factors of perceived stress were: overwhelming responsibilities, class attendance, being female, sleep, and course load. The top stressors of students were course load and responsibility. It also showed how female students showed to be more stressed and overall students at this private university showed to be more stressed then in other studies. Though mindfulness did not buffer the effect of stressors and perceived stress, the results of this study informed the university and counseling center of the stressors of college students on campus, mindfulness levels, and perceived stress levels. Prevention is key to student success, and college counseling centers can provide prevention for students by offering one-on-one counseling, group counseling, workshops, and skills training for students.

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