ERIC Number: EJ1095441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Quantifying the Impact of Physical Activity on Stress Tolerance in College Students
Bland, Helen W.; Melton, Bridget F.; Bigham, Lauren E.; Welle, Paul D.
College Student Journal, v48 n4 p559-568 Win 2014
Problem: Stress experience by millennial college students can be crippling. While stress is a universal and unavoidable phenomenon for college students, the variance in ability to handle stress can be attributed to stress tolerance (Welle & Graf, 2011). Research is needed to identify effective tools that increase college students' ability to tolerate and positively cope with stress. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to quantify the impact of physical activity associated behaviors and exercise types significantly associated with high stress tolerance (HST) among college students. Methods: Research design employed was an quantitative, analytical, cross-sectional study of randomly selected college students (N = 936) that completed a stress tolerance questionnaire (STQ) coupled with a physical activity log. Statistical differences by type of physical activity and stress tolerance were determined by Chi-Square and Odds Ratio (95%CI). Results: Significant physical activity behaviors associated with HST included: exercised (p = 0.001), engaged in leisure activity (p = 0.004), engaged in extra-curricular activity (p = 0.012), and engaged in extra-curricular sport (p = 0.039). Three out of four types exercise were significantly associated with HST: vigorous exercise, stretching, and resistance training (p<0.05). Conclusions: This study demonstrated the positive protective impact of physical activity behaviors and exercise on stress tolerance among college students.
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Stress Variables, College Students, Coping, Questionnaires, Diaries, Statistical Analysis, Case Studies, Health Behavior, Correlation, Extracurricular Activities, Leisure Time, Student Attitudes, Check Lists, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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