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Top 15 grad school stressors

  1. Academic responsibilities or pressures

68 percent

  2. Finances or debt

64 percent

  3. Anxiety

61 percent

  4. Poor work/school-life balance

59 percent

  5. Family issues

45 percent
  6. Research responsibilities or pressures 43 percent

  7. Burnout or compassion fatigue

38 percent

  8. Professional isolation or lack of social support

36 percent

  9. Depression

35 percent

10. Physical health issues

34 percent

11. Marital/relationship problems

33 percent

12. Other interpersonal issues

33 percent

13. Death, loss or grief

28 percent
14. Teaching responsibilities or pressures 13 percent

15. Discrimination

13 percent
Source: El-Ghoroury, N.H., Galper, D.I., Sawaqdeh, A., & Bufka, L.F. (2012). Stress, coping, and barriers to wellness among psychology graduate students. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(2), 122–134. doi:10.1037/a0028768