International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Impact of Outside Pressure on Saudi University Students Decision Making
Mamoon Muhsin Alaraj, Yousof Qaed Alotaibi

This study aimed to seek a deep understanding of the impact of outside pressure on Saudi university students and how this pressure affected their decision making. The data collection tool was a 15-item survey that was distributed amongst King Abdulaziz University students which resulted in a sample of 110 students. The results indicated that societal pressure was the main pressure that steered students’ decisions and that this adversely affected students’ psyche and mental health first, and their passion and drive second. These results agreed with prior studies, especially the results concerned with the mental health of students and their social economic status. Suggestions for recommended solutions were as follows: having psychological and academic advisors in campus to help students with their stress and pressure in their personal and academic lives and holding events by universities with the aim of changing societies’ pre-conceived notions against certain fields of study.

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