Stress percentage alarmingly high among students

Skrevet af Miel PedersenMia Mathilde HansenFelix Kasperek, translation - Foto: Morten Andersen - 4. april 2013 - 13:300 kommentarer
Stress isn’t just an epidemic in workplaces. According to a DJØF study it’s rampant among students, too. CBS OBSERVER’s editiorial staff has created a Facebook group regarding the subject.

According to DJØF’s student life study of 2012, 47 percent of the students questioned considered themselves stressed. 50 percent of the students deal with memory and concentration trouble and a troubling 24 percent suffer from decreased libido. Recognize anything?

Every other student feels stressed
In October 2012 DJØF received the answers of 1,061 university students who had participated in DJØF’s study on student well-being. 240 of the replies came from CBS students. According to the answers, stress is alarmingly prevalent.

Among the students at the nation’s universities, 40 percent of them consider themselves stressed to some extent, while 7 percent claim to be severely stressed. 1 in 5 students had actually consulted their doctor and six students had been hospitalized as a consequence of stress. The numbers don’t surprise Sten Kruse Blinkenberg, Director of the Student Counseling Services at Aarhus University, who says:

- It’s especially prevalent in women, who are very gifted and ambitious, but carry around low self-esteem that make them think that it’s only their results that make them worthy of being loved.

The image and self-image shoots itself in the foot
The widespread competition among the nation’s students along with the increasing stigmatization from Danes in general is breaking the back of ‘The Lazy Student’ – the general impression that approximately 50 percent of the Danish population has of today’s students. Whether it’s SU reforms, stress quotas or an increase in physical and psychological ailments, it seems that the image and self-image is self-reinforcing.

- It’s important to balance studies and personal life. If the studies end up taking too much of the students’ time, it becomes the only place the students get any feedback on the things they do, says Mette Harpsøe, psychologist and daily head of the Student Counseling Services, Frederiksberg and continues:

- There’s a tendency that the students measure themselves as people exclusively on the skills they have as students; this can give a skewed picture of what kind of a person you are and what you can do.

Mirror, mirror on the wall – meet us on Facebook
Recognize any of the above? Or are you perhaps baffled by the increasingly prevalent problem and would be willing to participate in a focus group dealing with the subject?

Then we want to hear from you. Join our Facebook group, ‘Fokusgruppe ang. Stress på CBS’ (Focus group dealing with stress at CBS).


According to DJØF’s survey on student life, the students suffer from the following symptoms:

71 % - Tiredness
53 % - Headaches and pain in shoulders/neck
51 % - Difficulty sleeping
50 % - Memory and concentration problems
24 % - Decreased libido
24 % - Heart palpitations