An Investigation of Stressors among University Students: A Qualitative Approach

DOI: 10.24312/ucpmr020225

  • Aideed Bashir University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Abeera Amir University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Khalid Mahmood Bajwa University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords: Stressors, Qualitative Research, Stress Management, IT University Students


Stress is considered as any kind of physical hardship, pain and torment in an individual’s life. Stress can change the state of mind, attitudes and behavior of individuals. This study investigates the various stressors influencing university students. An interpretive approach in examining the way stressors cause stress among university students has been employed also an insider/outsider researcher role has been used to collect data. A semi-structured interview was conducted among 15 university students from the department of information technology in their fifth or sixth semester of different universities. The findings shows five distinct learning stressors which are academic related stressor, intrapersonal related stressor, interpersonal related stressor, group social related stressor and learning and teaching related stressor. Furthermore, the results reveals academic related stress to bring about the most influence upon the students. Various new classifications associated to ARS and IntraRS were established in the research pertaining to be attendance and financial concern. The results contribute significantly to the body of knowledge and have implications for designing appropriate instructional plans while dealing with students learning stressors. Furthermore, higher educational authorities should understand the concerns of stressors faced by IT students. Therefore, implementation of the policies can minimize the concerns.