Effect of Perceived Stress and Self Esteem on the Academic Performance of Postgraduate Students’ in Pakistan

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Dawood Ahmad, Dr. Abdul Majid Khan Rana


Various research studies have perceived stress and self-esteem among students enrolled in universities in post-graduate programmes. This research, while acknowledging the importance of the need to further study the phenomena, explored the effect of perceived stress and self-esteem on the academic performance of postgraduate students in Pakistan. The data was collected from seven public sector universities offering M.Phil. Education Programme using the random sampling technique. A total 362 M.Phil. Education scholars, 282 male and 80 female belonging to both rural and urban backgrounds participated in this study. Correlation analysis was carried out to find any relationship between perceived stress and self-esteem on the academic performance of postgraduate students. The findings of this study revealed that the (i) relationship between perceived stress and academic performance is weak, and has negative correlation; whereas (ii) the relationship between academic performance and self-esteem is positive and has a moderate association. It is also concluded that the association between self-esteem and perceived stress has negative association. It is recommended that there is a great need to minimize the academic stress of the postgraduate students regarding their study and academic performance in the public sector universities in Pakistan. To ensure gainful outcomes of educational undertakings. Universities should focus on students’ health and the process of learning and assessments.

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