Work-study studentship, stress and academic engagement among third year students of School of Psychology.
Namiiro, Karen Tadjo
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The study aimed at finding out the relationship between work-study studentship, stress and academic engagement among students of School of Psychology, Makerere University. The study adopted a quantitative study design which was correlation in nature with a population of 210 students. Purposive random sampling technique was used to draw a sample of 136 respondents from the population. Data was collected from respondents using self-administered standard questionnaire and entered in the computer for analysis through Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software version 23. Descriptive statistics showed that (52.2 %) of the respondents were male and (47.8%) were female, majority were between 18-24 years (82.4%). Results from Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r) further indicated that there was no relationship between work-study studentship and stress (r= -.069, p=.429), as well as stress and academic engagement (r= -.057, p=.508). However, there was a significant negative relationship between work-study studentship and academic engagement (r= -.516**, p=.000). Therefore, the present study provides a basis and implications for further investigation on the relationship between work-study studentship, stress and academic engagement among students in different universities in Uganda. It was recommended that management of School of Psychology, Makerere University should design policies focusing on minimizing stress, increase distance learning to enable students balance between work life and studies. This is through encouraging students to go for counseling services provided by the university. It this is handled well, then cases of stress may reduce at the university