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An exploratory analysis examining the relationship between altruistic behaviours and self-reported anxiety among an Irish college student population during the Covid-19 pandemic

Damoc, Daiana (2022) An exploratory analysis examining the relationship between altruistic behaviours and self-reported anxiety among an Irish college student population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: The present study aimed to provide an insight into the relationship between altruistic behaviour and self-reported anxiety among an Irish student population during the Covid-19 pandemic. This study examined whether altruistic behaviours correlate with self-reported anxiety and if altruistic behaviours influence self-reported anxiety among Irish college students in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This study also investigated whether there was a difference in altruistic behaviours among males and females.

Methods: Participants (n=106) were provided with a questionnaire through social media which included an adapted version of The Self-Report Altruistic Personality Scale and The General Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire (GAD-7).

Results: Results showed that higher levels of altruistic behaviours are associated with higher levels of self-reported anxiety. Altruistic behaviours explained 4.2% of variance in self-reported anxiety. Altruistic behaviours were found to uniquely influence self-reported anxiety levels to a statistically significant level. There was no significant difference among males and females in altruistic behaviours.

Conclusion: Results show that higher altruistic behaviours correlate with higher self-reported anxiety levels which challenges previous research, possible reasons for the difference in results may be due to Covid-19 restrictions and the sample used. Findings identify how individuals differ in anxiety levels providing an important implication of therapy being tailored to meet individual’s needs.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 14:46
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 14:46
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5628

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