Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


Coping mechanisms, academic stress, dealing and coping with stress


Academic-related stress, which has been prevalent since before the COVID-19 pandemic, negatively impacts the students’ mental and physical health, now coupled with the need to adapt to a new online learning modality. Coping methods are strategies that either alleviate or inhibit a student’s academic performance. Likewise, ineffective coping methods negatively impact a student’s behavior, which may manifest as alcohol abuse, eating disorders, or smoking. This is a descriptive quantitative study that aims to determine and gain a better understanding of how students manage their stress and can aid in easing mental distress. The data was gathered from 269 College of Medical Laboratory (CMLS) students of De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (DLSMHSI). Through proportional quota sampling, 79 first year students, 77 second year students, 66 third year students and 47 fourth year students, who were consistently feeling academic stress, were randomly chosen. They were provided with the modified survey tool, adapted from the Filipino Coping Strategies survey (Rilveria, 2018). The gathered data showed, “Substance and Alcohol Abuse'' as the most preferred coping method while “Tolerance” was found to be the least. Therefore, the null hypothesis is rejected, and it is concluded that there is no significant difference in the coping methods in reducing academic stress in terms of age, sex, and year level.

First Advisor

Clarence Witty Mendoza-Fenol