ERIC Number: EJ922077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Stress, Social Support, and Health among College Students after September 11, 2001
MacGeorge, Erina L.; Samter, Wendy; Feng, Bo; Gillihan, Seth J.; Graves, Angela R.
Journal of College Student Development, v45 n6 p655-670 Nov-Dec 2004
The current study was designed to examine associations among stress due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, social support, and health (depression and physical illness) in a college student sample. In December 2001, students from Eastern universities (N = 666; 482 women, 184 men; average age 19.5 yrs.) completed measures of stress from terrorism (developed by the authors), supportive behaviors received from friends and family (Experienced Support Scale; Xu & Burleson, 2001), symptoms of depression (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale; Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995), and illness (Pennebaker Inventory of Limbid Languidness; Pennebaker, 1982). The results indicate that even among college students with low exposure to the 9/11 attacks, terrorism-related stress was associated with greater depressive and illness symptoms (p less than 0.05), and that emotional and tangible support were associated with fewer symptoms (p less than 0.05). Findings are considered for their practical implications for college students and personnel.
Descriptors: College Students, Terrorism, Measures (Individuals), Depression (Psychology), Stress Variables, Social Support Groups, Physical Health, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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