Impact of Stress on Academic Performance of Students

2086 Words Jan 15th, 2012 9 Pages
INTRODUCTION
“Stress is a common element in the lives of every individual, regardless of race or cultural background” (Garrett, 2001). On typical late November nights on university of Ghana campus, one would find students at various places even in awkward positions cramming obligated to catch up on studies for papers due in December. This is because deadlines and due dates are non-existent for students until the night before their papers. They engage in student activism, sports, partying and overall good times which lack libraries and study sessions which expel more excitement than the adrenaline rush of a social psychology course material. The days of dress codes and even mandatory class attendance in the university are long gone. But
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This will help them to put up measures that will help enhance their academic performance. Again, they will find the study useful in planning their personal time table and to-do-list. That is they will know how to structure their study tables and what activities to engage in to reduce stresses that negatively impacts their academic performance. This essay will also serve as an additional literature on stress management and academic performance. Again, the research will serve as basis `for further research by other students.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
The main objective of the study is to find whether stress has a positive or negative impact on academic performance of students. Specifically it seeks to; * Identify the main causes of stress to students. * Identify the implications of stress on academic performance of students * Examine the measures that must be put in place to manage the stress of students.
JUSTIFICATION OF STUDY
Capllain and Harrison (1982) use stress in negative contexts to refer to any of the following technical concepts: objective misfit, subjective misfit, variable in the objective environment which is presumed to pose a threat to a person and a variable in the subjective environment which the person perceives as threatening. Edwards (1988) views stress as a “negative discrepancy between an individual’s perceived state and desired state, provided that the presence