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Student’s view of physical exercise on psychological wellbeing and stress coping: a qualitative study

Wujtowicz, Iwona (2020) Student’s view of physical exercise on psychological wellbeing and stress coping: a qualitative study. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Many college students often experience psychological distress including high levels of stress. Physical exercise is a common coping strategy often used by students to manage stress and improve psychological wellbeing. A qualitative research was carried out to draw findings that are based on college student’s personal experiences concerning the effect of physical exercise on psychological well-being and stress coping. Nine college students in Dublin took part in semi structured interviews which contained 11 open ended questions. The results contained two main themes which were improved psychological wellbeing and reduced psychological distress. The improved psychological wellbeing theme contained nine subthemes: increased confidence, boost of energy, a sense of accomplishment, alone time, higher productivity, improved memory and thinking skills, life satisfaction, improved strength and sleep. The reduced psychological distress theme contained three subthemes which were reduction of stress, reduction of anxiety and depression and lastly reduced fear of being ill.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 10:17
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 10:17
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4877

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