Kathryn Kaye

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Long, Gregory A.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Nursing


Northern Illinois University honors students experience many stressors related to balancing academics with other responsibilities. These stressors can affect NIU honors students’ emotional health and well-being. The purpose of this study was to describe NIU honors students' perceptions of stressors associated with their college experience and their self-reported emotional health and well-being related to these stressors. In this study, focus groups were conducted with NIU honors students currently or previously enrolled in the NIU Honors Program. A qualitative methodology was implemented by using four focus groups that included 13 NIU honors students. Students were questioned regarding their stressors, coping methods, and perceptions of their emotional health. Participants reported that stress can be both positive and negative, but overall, participants reported higher stress levels and a greater impact of stress on emotional health related to being in the NIU Honors Program. These findings are significant because there is little prior research on this subject and this study could lead to identifying better support systems for honors students.


Includes bibliographical references.


18 pages




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