Traditional research examining student stress relies on surveys using pre-determined categories. This study diverts from that approach by adopting a Communication in Conflict class assignment over seven classes (N = 115) using photovoice to determine if results fluctuate by using a different methodology. Additionally, we sought to understand if the sources of stress vary by gender and semester. The data revealed seven categories as the main stressors of student conflict: 1) time management, 2) mental health, 3) finding oneself, 4) future uncertainty, 5) other, 6) financial, and 7) past mistakes. Regardless of participants’ sex/gender or semester in which the data were collected, time management and mental health remained constant. Furthermore, finding oneself and future uncertainty were stressors identified more often in the fall rather than the spring semester. These results varied from traditional survey research.
Author ORCID Identifier
DeAnne Priddis: 0000-0002-0101-1997
Priddis, D. & Hundley, H. L. (2023). Elucidating college students’ stressors: Photovoice as a pedagogical tool and qualitative methodology. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 7, 41-61. https://doi.org/10.31446/JCP.2023.1.04
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