'Clinically Significant' Stress for Students After Election

October 23, 2018

Research published Monday suggests that many college students had “clinically significant” levels of stress after the 2016 presidential election. The study was based on responses by 769 Arizona State University students to an "Impact of Event" scale used in psychological research. A quarter of students had stress levels that were clinically significant. The average stress score of students was comparable to what witnesses to a mass shooting would report seven months after the event. The Arizona State students, all in psychology, were surveyed in January and February of 2017. Stress levels were highest among black and Latino students and among women. Non-Christians also reported higher stress levels than did others. The findings were published in The Journal of American College Health.

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