The Effect of Emotional and Stress Management Class on Stress Levels of Thai Students at Thammasat University
Objectives : To investigated stress levels of freshman and sophomore students
(Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Social Science and Humanities) before
and after attending one class on emotional and stress management.
Methods : This research was a pretest-posttest study without control group using the
self-reported stress test (Suan Prung Stress Test; SPST-20). The data analysis was
performed with both descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results : Three thousand four hundred and fifty-nine students [male 990 (28.6%)]
completed the questionnaires. The mean (±standard deviation) pre and post class stress
levels were 47.22±13.52 (high stress) and 35.89±12.49 (moderate stress), respectively
(p<0.01), and were similar between the three groups of students.
Conclusions : Once class on emotional and stress management successfully reduced
stress in this broad range of Thai university students and represented a good strategy
for maintaining student health. More research is needed to evaluate its long term effect
and its role in as part of a broad strategy of stress reduction in students.