UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
SOURCES, EFFECTS AND MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AMONG UTDBE
STUDENTS OF FOSO COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
EMMANUEL KWASI BONDAH
Dissertation submitted to the Institute of Education of the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for award of Master of Education Degree in Teacher Education.
I hereby declare that this dissertation is the result of my own original research and that no part of it has been presented for another degree in this university or elsewhere.
Candidate’s Signature: ………………..………….. Date……………
Name: Emmanuel Kwasi Bondah.
I hereby declare that the preparation and presentation of the dissertation were supervised in accordance with the guidelines on supervision of dissertation laid down by the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.
Supervisor’s Signature…………………………... Date……………….. Name: Professor Kafui Etsey
The study was conducted to investigate the sources and management of stress among UTDBE Students of Foso College of Education. The research design used for the study was descriptive survey. A total sample of 180 students comprising 90 males and 90 females were selected for the study. The instrument used for gathering data from the college was a questionnaire. The 180 students were randomly selected using the lottery approach.
Among the major sources of stress identified were financial difficulties, increased workload, inadequate rest periods and combining teaching with course work. The ways stress effect manifested among the students are headaches-migraine, feeling physically weak and becoming tired at short interval. Z test of independence was used to determine the differences in the sources of stress among the males and females.
The major coping strategies that most students resorted to were practicing religion, learning how to control emotions and staying out of trouble. From the results obtained it was recommended among others that the counseling units in the colleges should intensify their guidance and counseling programmes. Also the various district and the municipal assemblies should reserve portions of their common funds to assist those individuals facing financial difficulty.
I sincerely wish to thank my supervisor Professor Kafui Etsey, of University of Cape Coast. Through his guidance and direction, I was able to complete this work. I wish to thank also my family who stood behind me solidly in the course of this work.
To my children, Emmanuel, Fanny, Gloria, Dean, Miemie and Darlington.
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