Transition to University: Coping Strategies and Relationship with Perceived Stress and Subjective Well-Being for First Year Students

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This study investigates the effect of coping responses on perceived stress and subjective well-being of university students in transition to university period. Numerous studies which investigated student populations, such as international, nursing and general students, have concluded that university students are a highly stressed population (Abouserie, 1994; Hamill, 1995; Hammer, Grisby & Woods, 1998; Tanck & Robbins, 1979; Tully, 2003; Wan, et al., 1992). While stress can be an important component of personal and professional development, too much stress can have negative affects on students in many aspects of their life such as the social, academic, personal development and achievement domains (Wan, Chapman, & Biggs, 1992). A sample of 96 first year university students completed a self-report questionnaire. Results revealed that first year university students did not perceive elevated stress during their transition period and that they used a mixture of different types of coping responses. Through examining stress and coping of first year university students’ appropriate programs can be put in place and modification of existing programs can be made to accommodate students’ current needs, thus providing a smoother transition to university.


Keywords: Transition, University Students, Perceived Stress, Coping Strategy, Life Satisfaction, Subjective Well-Being
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Transition to University


Vanja Odar

Postgraduate student, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Ref: I08P0391