Psychological Distress and Academic Adjustment in Technical College Students in Kuching, Sarawak

Jennifer Tini, (2021) Psychological Distress and Academic Adjustment in Technical College Students in Kuching, Sarawak. Masters thesis, Open University Malaysia (OUM).

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As college students are being in a period of transitioning from teenage years to adulthood, they typically will experience multiple levels of psychological distress, and these stressors influence their studies. This research presents to investigate the relationship between psychological distress and academic adjustment in technical college students in Kuching, Sarawak. This research used a quantitative approach with a cross-sectional survey. The instruments in this study applied Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms-34 (CCAPS-34) for psychological distress domains and Academic Adjustment Scale (AAS) for academic adjustment domains. The students were given a web link to the survey questionnaire. The respondents in this research are 303 students of semester three; consist of 146 male students and 157 female students. Overall, there is a significant correlation between psychological distress and academic adjustment, and there is a significant difference between psychological distress and gender. Female students had a significantly higher mean score of psychological domains than males, although psychological distress such as general anxiety and hostility occurred in the same manner. Besides, psychological distress domains have affected students’ academic adjustment in their college years as the significant (2-tailed) values showed a statistically significant correlation between these variables. For these reasons, both null hypotheses are rejected. With this, psychological distress is unexceptional towards tertiary education learners and has a negative impact on an individual and their educational setting. In order to improve learners’ academic performance, it is crucial to have more focus on the psychological wellbeing of college students.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: A Master’s Project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological distress, academic adjustment, technical college, Thesis , MED
Subjects: > LC Special aspects of education
Depositing User: Siti Norfazila Ismail
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2022 06:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2022 01:58

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