Authors: Stephanie (“Steph”) Strickland
Faculty Mentor: Strekalova Yulia
College: College of Journalism and Communications
The purpose of this study is to examine ROTC students at the University of Florida, in the context of their perceived stress levels. Through the use of a survey, which utilizes questions derived from the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), the study will evaluate the perceived stress levels of a random sample of ROTC students within Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps ROTC in comparison to the non-ROTC population. With nearly 150 research participants with an average age range of 18-24, in both ROTC (n=88) and Non-ROTC (n=57) populations, this research serves as a pilot study to aid future research on stress and mental health among these populations on college campuses. Future research can utilize both qualitative and quantitative means to find causes behind the measured perceived stress in this study, which can help inform decisions on the allocation of mental health resources.