Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Mamie Darlington


This study attempted to answer the following questions: (1) What is the level of stress among first and second year graduate students? (2) What are the students perceived somatic reactions to stress? (3) What are some of the sources of stress identified by the students? Chi square and percentages were used to analyze the data.

The major findings of the study as follows: (1) First and Second year graduate students experience a moderate level of stress, (20 Somatic reactions to stress include, nervous stomach, sweating palms, lump in throat, increased heart rate, among others, and (3) Sources that cause excessive stress among students are Personal Finances, Academic Finances, Academics, Housing, Family, Personal, Relationships and School Environment.

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