Master's Theses

Department

Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate perceived stress in elementary school students in grades three through six. The independent variables were gender, socioeconomic status of the parents, mother's employment outside the home, family structure, number of siblings, and ethnicity. The dependent variables were scores from each category in the Concern Questionnaire, consisting of school stress, environment stress, home stress, personal stress, and social stress. The sample consisted of 218 upper elementary school students. Four composite null hypotheses were tested at the .25 level of significance. Each composite null hypothesis was tested employing logistic regression. The results of the present study are best used to describe the sample rather than generalize, therefore: (1) Females reported higher stress than males. (2) Females of non-working mothers reported higher stress than females of working mothers. (3) Males of working mothers reported higher stress than males of non-working mothers. (4) Females of working mothers other than Caucasian reported higher stress. (5) Caucasian females of working mother’s reported higher stress than Caucasian males. (6) Females of working mothers other than Caucasian reported higher stress than males of working mothers other than Caucasian.

Advisor

Thomas O. Guss

Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 1997 Elaine Werner

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