Addicted to Stress?
by Ckay1 on November 4, 2013 - 11:09pm
Everyone gets stressed out, but how they deal with it is a different story. College is a place of much stress for students, as they face stressors such as constant pressure to succeed, academics, competition among peers, as well as the stress about their future. There are potential risky behaviors that come with stress that could potentially lead to onset substance abuse. The risk of this happening increases for college students. A study was done at a University in Upper Normandy (France) to measure the stress of college students on seven difference campuses in France. The students anonymously took self-administered questionnaires and included socio-economic characteristics such as age, gender, size, weight, job status, as well as practicing a sport, substance use/abuse of tobacco, alcohol, eating habits, etc. This study was conducted between 2009 and 2011; a total of 1876 students were included. There is a positive relation between females, regular smokers, alcohol abuse, risk of cyber addiction and eating disorders and a significant negative correlation between stress and practice of sports. This means students that practice sports are less likely to be stressed. This study concluded that perceived stress was not only associated with known risks, but with new ones as well, such as eating disorders. Knowing all this, preventative interventions focusing on these risk behaviors and addictions can be developed and help students cope with stress.
The main point that the researchers are trying to get at was how to help college students cope with stress in non-addictive ways that are not harmful. The results that were found can be generalized to a much larger population of college students around the world. I experience stress my self, and see this type of coping with stress among my peers. The researchers want colleges to acknowledge these problems and help students deal with stress in a healthy way.
Tavolacci, M., Ladner, J., Grigioni, S., Richard, L., Villet, H., Dechelotte, P. 2009-2011. Prevalence and association of perceived stress, substance use and behavioral addictions: a cross-sectional study among unicersity students in France. BMC Public Health. 13(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-724.