Kartik Chandra Sarkar1 & K N Chattopadhyay2
1Officer-in-Charge, Govt. Teachers’ Training College, Malda, P.O & Dist: Malda, West Bengal, India. 2Department of Education, the University of Burdwan, Burdwan (East), West Bengal, India. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the recent times academic stress has become a most concerning matter to the educationists as well as to the psychologists. Immense studies have been made by different researchers on the influence of academic stress on different aspects of the development of students. On the other hand self-efficacy of the student is necessary for the academic performance of the students and for social developments also. In the present investigation the researchers have studied whether the academic stress of the male and female students differs significantly and whether the academic stress of the students varies with classes and whether academic stress has relationship with the self-efficacy of the students. For this purpose a sample of 236 students has been taken from different schools of South Dinajpur district comprising male and female students of class VII, VIII and IX. Academic stress of the students are measured by the Scale for Assessing Academic Stress (SAAS) as developed and standardized by Sinha et al.(2001). The self-efficacy of the students are measured by the Self-Efficacy Scale (SES) as developed and standardized by Mathur and Bhatnagar (2012). The significant difference of the academic stress on the male and female students is tested by t test and it is seen that there is no significant difference of the academic stress on male and female students. The significant difference of the academic stress on different classes is tested by F- test (ANOVA) and it is seen that the academic stress depends on classes. Also the Pearson’s coefficient of correlation between the academic stress and self-efficacy is calculated and it is -0.70061 and by t test it is seen that the correlation is significant. The regression analysis has also been done to estimate the dependence of self-efficacy on the academic stress.
Keywords: Academic stress, Self-efficacy, SAAS.