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Factors associated with stress among high school students preparing for University Admission in Bangkok

Volume: 112  ,  Issue: 1 , November    Published Date: 16 November 2022
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 61  ,  Download: 38 , Pages: 245 - 252    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP10011211120224087

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1 Kornrath Nakprasart

Abstract

Background: Many students futures are determined by their performance on the university entrance exam. To enter the university, you must achieve good test scores, which might be stressful and possibly exacerbate frustration. Therefore, by gathering this information, I intend to evaluate the problems with the Thai educational system and improve it for students. Objective: To assess level of stress among high school students and analyze factors associated with level of stress.Study Methods: A cross sectional online survey, the data was collected from 172 students from grades 10-12 from Sarasas Ektra School in Bangkok from 15 September to 19 October 2022. The data were collected via Google Forms by using the DASS21 Questions. The data were analyzed for the prevalence and associated factors by using descriptive statistics and IBM SPSS.Results: A total of 172 high school students participated in this study, the results showed that participants had a moderate level of stress (M=3.69, SD=1.20). Male participants  (N=111, 64.5%) reported a higher level of stress than female participants (N=61,35.5%). Grade 12 participants (N=72, 41.9%) had the highest stress level. Participants who enrolled in the Science-Math program (N=107, 62.2%) reported the highest level of stress among other participants who studied in other programs. Majority of the participants who were in a group of GPAX between 3.5 and 4.00 (N=108, 62.8%) had the highest level of stress. Additionally, those who spent monthly tuition expenses more than 10,000 Baht per month (N=13, 7.6%) reported the highest level of stress. Most of the participants spent more than 4 hours on social media (N=85, 49.42%) per day and spent less than  7 hours per week on special tuition(N=112, 65.12%).The vast majority of the participants spent more than 6 hours on leisure activity per week (N=78, 45.35%). The analysis of factors associated with participants stress level included GPAX (p=0.008), Monthly Tuition Expenses (p=0.007), Be Able to study as planned (p=0.002),Be Able to get admitted into target faculty is important(p=0.000),Future Income Factor(p=0.040),Perception of Parental Conclusion: Most participants reported a moderate level of stress. Factors associated with participants level of stress contributed from both internal factors and external factors of participants, depending on different individuals.

Keywords

  • Stress
  • High School
  • adolescent
  • university admissions