A comparative analysis of perceptions of pharmacy students' stress and stressors across two multicampus universities

Clara Awé, Caroline A. Gaither, Stephanie Y. Crawford, Jami Tieman

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Abstract

Objective. To compare perceived levels of stress, stressors, and academic self-efficacy among students at two multicampus colleges of pharmacy. Methods. A survey instrument using previously validated items was developed and administered to first-year, second-year, and third-year pharmacy students at two universities with multiple campuses in spring 2013. Results. Eight hundred twenty students out of 1115 responded (73.5% response rate). Institutional differences were found in perceived student stress levels, self-efficacy, and stress-related causes. An interaction effect was demonstrated between institution and campus type (main or branch) for perceived stress and self-efficacy although campus type alone did not demonstrate a direct effect. Institutional and campus differences existed in awareness of campus counseling services, as did a few differences in coping methods. Conclusion. Stress measures were similar for pharmacy students at main or branch campuses. Institutional differences in student stress might be explained by instructional methods, campus support services, institutional climate, and nonuniversity factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number82
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume80
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Multi-Campus
  • Pharmacy students
  • Stress

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