Student Performance
Student’s Academic Stress
Financial constraints
Cultural dynamics

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Akhter, F., & Iqbal, S. (2021). STUDENT’S PERFORMANCE AND ACADEMIC STRESS: A STUDY OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 60(1), 63–79.


Based on empirical evidence and recent literature review, Stress has become an integral part of students’ academic life due to the various internal and external expectations placed upon their shoulders. It is therefore, becomes imperative to understand the sources and impact of academic stress in order to derive adequate and efficient intervention strategies. The five dimensions of sources such as Anxiety/stress, Student’s Academic stress, Financial Constraints, Cultural dynamics, Students Performance were analyzed. This research finding is based on the responses obtained from 215 undergraduate students enrolled at a higher learning institution in Pakistan. This paper investigated the stressors, symptoms and effects that are likely to be experienced by undergraduate students in higher Studies. The data was collected through self-administered questionnaires that were randomly floated on social media during the time of COVID-19. Data obtained was analyzed using SPSS.


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