first aim of the study was to identify academic stress in the different categories
of the students such as demographic, education, health behavior and health
status categories. A secondary aim was to examine the relation between the studentsí
characteristics and their perceived stress. The sample of the analysis included
187 students, of which 70% were females. The participants answered a questionnaire.
The results showed that the respondents, on the average, had moderate levels of
stress; only 12% of the sample reported a high level of stress. The most common
physical symptom of academic stress was headache; depression
and anxiety were the most frequent psychological symptoms of the stress. High
academic stress was more prevalent among the women, student with overweight or
obesity, nursing students, and students with low physical activity and poor
health status. There were associations between studentsí perceived stress and
gender, physical activity and subjective health status. It seems that female students
with subjective poor health status and low physical activity tend to experience
the highest stress.