ERIC Number: EJ1173322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Psychological Restoration Practices among College Students
Altaher, Yara; Runnerstrom, Miryha G.
Journal of College Student Development, v59 n2 p227-232 Mar-Apr 2018
This study investigates the restoration practices and the different types of environments sought out by college students during times of stress and also explores the potential for restorative experiences in built environments. In February 2015, 407 matriculated undergraduates at a large public research university voluntarily participated in this institutional review board-approved study by taking an online survey. Data analyses, including descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and a chi-square test for independence, were conducted using IBM SPSS (version 23). Spearman's rank-order correlation was used to analyze the relationship between Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) scores and if completion of the activity provided the participants with a sense of accomplishment, excitement, and confidence. Findings demonstrate that socializing with friends was the most sought out stress-relieving activity, with the majority of participants utilizing built environments despite the abundance of nature on campus or nearby. The results from this study indicate that stress reduction and psychological restoration may be linked with preference for leisure activity and environment, including creative activities that require attention, in built environments for college students.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Stress Management, Coping, Rating Scales, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Scores, Program Effectiveness, Online Surveys, Psychological Patterns, Mental Health, Recreational Activities, Environmental Influences
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