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ERIC Number: EJ794297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
Relationship of Work Hours with Selected Health Behaviors and Academic Progress among a College Student Cohort
Miller, Kim; Danner, Fred; Staten, Ruth
Journal of American College Health, v56 n6 p675-679 May-Jun 2008
Approximately 57% of college students work while attending school. Health risks related to working while in college have not been widely studied. Objective: The authors' purpose in this study was to determine associations between hours worked, binge drinking, sleep habits, and academic performance among a college student cohort. Participants and Methods: The authors randomly selected a sample of 1,700 undergraduates from a southeastern US university and mailed to them a survey requesting a variety of self-reported health behaviors and hours worked. A total of 903 completed questionnaires were received, indicating a response rate of 57.3%. Results: Binge drinking, less sleep, and lower academic performance were significantly associated with working 20 or more hours per week. Those variables were not associated with working fewer than 20 hours per week. Conclusions: Although administrators and others in higher education are aware of the impact of economics on a school's ability to operate, they may not be aware of the impact on students' health. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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