Predictors of Stress in First-Generation College Students

Helmbrecht & Ayars / Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice / January 2021

A multiple regression analysis was performed to determine if self-esteem, social support, locus of control, or coping strategies could predict perceived stress in first-generation college students. All variables studied were found to predict stress, while self-esteem and emotional-support seeking coping added statistical significance to the prediction, p < 0.05. Results can be used to improve the college experience of first-generation college students.