Many college students experience stress; optimism and resilience may help students cope with it. Optimism is a person’s positive outlook on their circumstances and their future, whereas resilience is a persons ability to adapt and
overcome challenges throughout their life. In this study, we compared the two to see which one would be a better predictor of stress. First year students (N =355) at a public regional university completed an online study that measure their perceive stress, optimism, and resilience. Bivariate correlations showed that resilience and optimism were both negatively correlated with all four sub-scales of students stress. Linear regression showed that resilience was a better predictor of stress than optimism for two types of, but optimism was a better predictor of the other two
types of stress. These findings offer nuanced knowledge about the relationship between stress, resilience, and optimism.
Sanchez, Rashelle and Huynh, Ho Phi, "Predictors of Stress in Minority Students: The Relative Importance of Optimism Vs Resilience" (2023). Student Research Symposium 2023. 11.