A comparative description of perceived stress and coping strategies among psychology and nonpsychology students in the United Arab Emirates

Zahir Vally, Brettjet L. Cody, Safeya N.M. Alsheraifi, Maryam A. Albloshi

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Abstract

Purpose: This study describes perceived stress and coping strategies as they occur within a college-aged population from an Arab background. Variables were compared between psychology students and their peers from other faculties. Design and Methods: A cross-sectional, correlational design was used for this study. A total of 114 students completed the Brief COPE questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale, and a measure of our own design to assess sources of psychosocial support. Findings: The complete sample engaged in help-seeking behavior, though distinct differences between groups were evident. Perceived stress was pervasive. Students employed a range of coping strategies but showed a clear preference for emotion-focused strategies. Practice Implications: Training institutions carry the responsibility for developing supportive interventions to promote students’ throughput, and ensure the graduation of competent and ethically sound clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-546
Number of pages8
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Arab
  • coping
  • counseling
  • Islam
  • Muslim
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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