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FELDMAN, LYA et al. Relationships between Academic Stress, Social Support, Mental Health and Academic Performance in Venezuelan University Students. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.3, pp. 739-752. ISSN 1657-9267.
The objective of the present study was to evaluate academic stress, social support and their relationships with mental health and academic performance in university students. Three hundred and twenty one students from a technological university in Caracas, Venezuela, responded instruments on academic stress, social support and mental health during the most academically stressful period. The results indicate that favorable conditions of mental health were associated to more social support and less academic stress. In women, higher stress levels were associated to a lesser amount of social support from friends whereas in men stress was related to less social support coming from close people and general social support. Both displayed better performance when perceived higher levels of academic stress and the social support of the near people was moderate. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for academic life and mental health in university students.
Palavras-chave : Academic Stress; Social Support; Academic Performance; Mental Health; Stress (Psychology); Academic Achievement; Mental Health; College Students.