Presentation Title

The Effect Exercise Can Have on Stress and Anxiety in College Students

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

William Phillips, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

In recent years the amount of stress college students feel as grown immensely. Exercise has been shown to alleviate stress. According to a study done by Steve Edwards at Zululand University, exercise was associated with significant improvements in total well-being score and especially in the well-being components of mood, sense of coherence, fortitude, stress and coping (Edwards, 2006). Edwards was able to successfully prove that exercise alleviated stress by using various survey techniques on his participants. The present study will examine the relationship between exercise and how it affects stress levels. Participants will be asked common demographic questions. The CSI measures how much a person is affected by common stressors that usually happen in the college level years. Participants will also be asked questions about there exercise routines/frequency and type of exercise if they do any at all. By collecting this data I will be able to infer the relationship exercise can have on stress if there is one. This study furthers current research to extend findings that establish a relationship between exercising and having lower stress levels. It is hypothesized that 1) exercise will be a factor in being less stress, 2) some exercises are more effective than others in relieving stress, and 3) students with financial problems will have more stress as compared to students who do not.

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Effect Exercise Can Have on Stress and Anxiety in College Students

In recent years the amount of stress college students feel as grown immensely. Exercise has been shown to alleviate stress. According to a study done by Steve Edwards at Zululand University, exercise was associated with significant improvements in total well-being score and especially in the well-being components of mood, sense of coherence, fortitude, stress and coping (Edwards, 2006). Edwards was able to successfully prove that exercise alleviated stress by using various survey techniques on his participants. The present study will examine the relationship between exercise and how it affects stress levels. Participants will be asked common demographic questions. The CSI measures how much a person is affected by common stressors that usually happen in the college level years. Participants will also be asked questions about there exercise routines/frequency and type of exercise if they do any at all. By collecting this data I will be able to infer the relationship exercise can have on stress if there is one. This study furthers current research to extend findings that establish a relationship between exercising and having lower stress levels. It is hypothesized that 1) exercise will be a factor in being less stress, 2) some exercises are more effective than others in relieving stress, and 3) students with financial problems will have more stress as compared to students who do not.