Stress level and academic performance of university students in Kwara State, Nigeria
This study examined the relationship between level of stress and students’ academic performance in Universities in Kwara State, Nigeria. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. Proportional stratified random sampling was used to select 300 students for the study. A “Students’ Stress Level Questionnaire (SSLQ)” and “Students’ Academic Performance proforma (SAPP)” was used to collect data. The instruments were validated by experts in educational management and counselling and a test-re-test reliability procedure was used to determine their reliability. Descriptive statistics were used to answer the research questions while Pearson product-moment correlation statistic was used to test the research hypotheses stated. The findings were that a significant relationship exists between the stress level and academic performance of the students. There is also a significant relationship between level of personal stress, interpersonal stress, environmental stress, achievement stress and academic performance. Therefore, it was recommended that the universities organize stress management seminars and workshops in collaboration with the Counselling and Human Development department. It is also recommended that university administrators make the learning environment conducive to boost academic performance and reduce stress.
Keywords: Stress; Academic performance; Student affairs