ERIC Number: EJ1091251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Predictors of Well-Being among College Students
Ridner, S. Lee; Newton, Karen S.; Staten, Ruth R.; Crawford, Timothy N.; Hall, Lynne A.
Journal of American College Health, v64 n2 p116-124 2016
Objectives: Identification of health-related risk behaviors associated with well-being in college students is essential to guide the development of health promotion strategies for this population. The purposes were to evaluate well-being among undergraduate students and to identify health-related risk behaviors that predict well-being in this population. Methods: A cross-sectional Web-based survey of undergraduate students was conducted at a metropolitan university in the Southeast United States. A total of 568 students responded (response rate 14.2%). Data were collected on health-related risk behaviors using the National College Health Assessment II. Results: Controlling demographic characteristics, the best predictive model included physical activity, current tobacco user, depression, ever received mental health services, and sleep quality, which was the strongest predictor (ß = 0.45, p < 0.001). This model explained 35% of the variance in well-being. Conclusions: Interventions that promote sleep quality among college students may be most beneficial in improving well-being.
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Well Being, Health Behavior, Risk, Physical Activity Level, Sleep, Depression (Psychology), Mental Health, Health Services, Undergraduate Students, Case Studies, Online Surveys, Health Promotion, Student Attitudes, Drinking, Drug Use, Scores, Likert Scales, Multiple Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A