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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2015, 3(6), 214-220
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-3-6-3
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Stress and Academic Programme Type: Perspective on Polytechnic Students in Nigeria

Yahya Saleh Ibrahim1, , Shahimi bin Mohtar1, Muhammad Abdullahi Sabo2, Mohd Kamarul Irwan Abdul Rahim1 and Ahmad Shabudin Ariffin2

1School of Technology Management and Logistics, University Utara Malaysia, College of Business, 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah Darul Aman Malaysia

2Departments of Environmental Science & Education (Technical) Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna Nigeria

Pub. Date: December 05, 2015

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Yahya Saleh Ibrahim, Shahimi bin Mohtar, Muhammad Abdullahi Sabo, Mohd Kamarul Irwan Abdul Rahim and Ahmad Shabudin Ariffin. Stress and Academic Programme Type: Perspective on Polytechnic Students in Nigeria. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2015; 3(6):214-220. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-3-6-3


This study examines the stress levels of students in Kaduna Polytechnic based on Marrital status, College type, and programme of study. Stress among students of tertiary institutions is normally unavoidable parts of everyone’s life that call periodic assessment. Three null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Stratified random sampling technique was utilized to select 250 students in the 2014/2015 academic session. The instrument for data collection was adapted from the well-known DHFS Wellness perceived Stress Scale developed by Cohen (1983) structured on a five-point rating scale. Its computed reliability using Cronbach alpha gave 0.70 coefficients. The data was analyzed using parametric statistics of t-test and one-way ANOVA. The results indicated that student’s levels of stress are significantly high. Similarly academic programmes, College type and marital status significantly influenced the students’ levels of stress. Based on these findings, some recommendations were made among which is institutional management and other stakeholders should provide psychological and academic counseling services to the generality of the students.

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