Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2024

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Nancy Paul


Stress, Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Students


This qualitative study examined the stress that occurred, and strategies used to alleviate stress during the first semester of Minnesota State University Moorhead Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Master program. Participants were assigned into focus groups of 3-4 individuals and asked open-ended questions and prompts regarding stress encountered during their time in the program but not exclusively related to course work and degree requirements. Students had the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about stress experienced during their first semester of graduate school as well as efforts they used to manage stress. Focus group sessions were recorded and transcribed into typed statements for further analysis. The investigators formed themes and subthemes regarding the experiences shared by the participants. The participants may be invited to participate the following Fall to go through the same process described above during the beginning of the second year of study. This study added to the limited information available on the stress and stress reduction strategies experienced by SLP graduate students and could lead to further studies of a larger population of students.



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