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Education, Research

Study on Academic Stress and Student Mental Health

11 February 2019

Do you often feel stressed by your studies? You are not alone. You might even know fellow students who feel the same way. In fact, increasingly more students suffer from high academic stress, which has been related to worse mental health, including depression and anxiety. As you might imagine, both stress and mental health problems can negatively impact students’ personal development as well as academic and career achievements. For universities to know how to best support students, more needs to be understood first about this topic. Researchers from the Clinical Psychology Department at Leiden University have therefore initiated a research project that investigates the relationship between academic stress and mental health of students. The goal is to identify risk and protective factors that may influence the mental health of students, so that researchers and universities can develop intervention and prevention programs to improve students’ well-being.

Since you can probably relate to this topic very well, we would like to ask you to participate in this online survey and to help us to hopefully make student life less stressful in the future!
By completing the survey, you have the chance to win a €10 webshop gift card for bol.com.

English version: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5sZPs1184P26XKl
Dutch version: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aWxFR6d0oBpmvVH

Thank you so much for participating! We truly appreciate it.
And while you are at it, please don’t forget to tell your friends about this amazing research project. The more participate, the more useful this research will be for all students

So what’s this study about?
In a nutshell: The goal of this study is to investigate academic stress and psychological wellbeing in students.

What’s in it for me?
First of all, by participating in this research you are helping future generations of students.
The findings of this study could help researchers to develop intervention programs that reduce stress and improve the psychological well-being of students. Second of all, you have the chance to win a €10 webshop gift card for bol.com.

Who can participate?
Students aged 17 years and older from Universities and Higher Vocational Education.
We will keep your data confidential and all data are only available to the researchers of this study. So no need to worry about your privacy.

How long will it take?
Filling out the questionnaire will take about 20 minutes.

What do I have to do to participate?
The questionnaire is available in English and in Dutch. Simply follow one of the links provided above that will take you to the questionnaire in your language of choice. All further information will be provided at the start of the questionnaire.

Hang on! I still got a question/remark…
If there’s more you want to know, first take a look at the first page of the questionnaire, which will provide you with more information about this study. If that doesn’t answer your question(s) or there’s something really important you got to tell us, feel free to send an email to Dr. Verena Ly, a principal investigator in this study (v.ly@fsw.leidenuniv.nl).

You or a fellow student needs psychological help or support?
Students of Leiden University can visit a student psychologist for free during open consultation hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 11 and 11.45am. Please register at Student Support Services (Plexus), Kaiserstraat 25 before 11.45am the same day.

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