Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Language, Education and Innovation 2016

Stressful Events and Student’s Quality of College Life in Malaysia Higher Institutions: A Multiple Regressions Analysis

Rohana Kamaruddin, Nurol’ain Mustapha

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia


The purpose of this study is to conduct a multiple regression analysis, the study is to examine whether there is a link between stressful life events as the dependent variables, demographic variables (gender, ethnicity, financial provider, own a transport, type of university and student’s quality of life). In order to analyze the consistency in finding, the study utilized descriptive method (mean, deviation), independent sample t –test and multiple regression. Principal component analysis was conducted to variables; stressful life event and quality of life to find a small set of linear combination of covariates which are uncorrelated with each other and to ensure the linear combinations chosen have maximal variances. A convenient random sampling of 1000 students from public and private higher institutions was interviewed via a structured questionnaire. The multiple regression finding revealed that overall stress (academic and non-academic) has significant impact on student quality of college life .The finding shows that only gender shows significant link to both type of stress and female students are more stressful than male students. These are consistent with the finding in independent sample t-test. The other significant result indicates a link between academic stress and MARA as a financial provider. Meanwhile to own a transport has a significant link to non-academic stress. These results have a far reaching implication on quality of life of the students and calls for student coping strategies to be implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE).


stressful, quality of life, college, academic

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