The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Perceived Stress and Coping Mechanism of Generation Z Management Students: Empirical Evidence

Article Details
Pub. Date : October, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB191021
Author Name : Sombala Ningthoujam, Teena Singh, Vikas Gautam and Maria Zafar
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 28



The present study investigates the relationship between perceived stress and coping mechanism of postgraduate management students. The qualitative research led to identification of six themes related to sources of stress among students, namely, academic/career, financial factors, environmental factors, interpersonal factors, moving to a new place for college, and miscellaneous sources. Further, the qualitative methodology identified stress coping measures such as problemfocused strategies, and emotion-focused strategies. The results of Correlation Analysis confirmed positive relationship between perceived stress and selfdistractions (r = 0.118); denial (r = 0.170); substance abuse (r = 0.178); use of instrumental support (r = 0.129); behavioral disengagement (r = 0.158); venting (r = 0.233); self-blame (r = 0.290) and humor (r = 0.133). Moreover, the study found negative relationship between perceived stress and active coping mechanism (r = -0.211); perceived stress and positive reframing (r = -0.159); perceived stress and acceptance (r = -0.211). Also, the study found moderate stress level with 76.5% (n = 309) of the respondents, low stress level with 14.10% (n = 57) and perceived high stress level with 9.40% (n = 38). A MANOVA was conducted with gender as the independent variable on the group of outcome variables (perceived stress and coping mechanism).


The definition of stress was formally given by Selye (1979) as stress is a perception and perceived demands that are imposed upon us because there are too many alternatives, and as a result, the body develops General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) to fight or flight stage to meet the demand. Lazarus (1993) defined stress as a condition when a person