Stress, Coping, and Internet Use of College Students

Deatherage S., Servaty-Seib H. L. , Aksoz I.

JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH, vol.62, no.1, pp.40-46, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07448481.2013.843536
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-46
  • Keywords: college students, coping, Internet use, stress, PERCEIVED STRESS, TECHNOLOGY, STRATEGIES, PARADOX


College students experience stressful life events and little research exists on the role the Internet may play in students' coping. Objective: The purpose of the present study was to examine associations among perceived stress, time spent on the Internet, underlying motives for utilizing the Internet, problematic Internet use, and traditional approaches to coping. Participants: Data were collected from 267 college seniors during March of 2011. Methods: Participants completed an online survey containing measures of coping, motives for utilizing the Internet, problematic online behavior, perceived stress, and background information. Results: Being female, avoidant-emotional coping, and online motive to cope were positively associated with perceived stress and months since most stressful life event and online motive to enhance were negatively associated with stress. Conclusions: Professionals working with college students will benefit from using a nuanced approach to assessing students' online behavior, including an assessment of underlying motives for use.