A multiple variable health assessment and descriptive study among college students.
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Hubbs, Allison N.
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A descriptive study was performed to investigate specific health variables (exercise, stress, alcohol use, and self-esteem) among a college population (n = 74). Study participants completed four online surveys (Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, Perceived Stress Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and International Physical Activity Questionnaire) that addressed each health variable; however, only the Perceived Stress Scale, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and International Physical Activity Questionnaire were utilized in data analysis. Three ANOVAs were conducted to test for mean differences in gender for each health variable (exercise, stress, and self-esteem), Pearson correlations were computed to test for significant associations among the same three health variables, and a post hoc analysis was performed to further test for gender differences in slopes for the relationship between stress and self-esteem. A statistically significant negative correlation between stress and self-esteem for total group, females, and males was detected. A lack of significant associations was discovered between exercise and stress and exercise and self-esteem. No other significant scores were detected, but important trends relating to other current literature were revealed. This study offers support for other previous findings on stress and self-esteem associations and provokes questions for future research studies regarding health variables among the college population.