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Investigating The Effect of Physical Activity on Stress and Anxiety

Devereux, Ben (2022) Investigating The Effect of Physical Activity on Stress and Anxiety. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the effect of physical activity on stress and anxiety while also exploring the three relevant research questions identified. Research has provided us with evidence that physical activity benefits our stress and anxiety levels but for some more than others. Within this study we aimed to examine gender differences in stress, anxiety, and physical activity, how age may play a role in stress levels and physical activity and finally by examining how physical activity may have benefitted participants anxiety lev-els during COVID-19 as well as looking at how it benefits stress. A total of 126 participants completed questionnaires regarding physical activity, stress, and anxiety. Findings from t-tests found that there was a gender differences with females reporting worse mental health and lower physical activity. A correlation revealed that as age increased, stress levels went down but with physical activity benefitting people of all ages. Finally, a regression analysis revealed that physical activity decreased stress levels more than it did for anxiety regarding COVID-19. Implications regarding the findings that have been found within this study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 16:46
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2022 16:46
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5630

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