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Investigating whether the consumption of news impacts measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being

Lavelle, Ben (2022) Investigating whether the consumption of news impacts measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: This study intended to investigate what impact the consumption of News has on mental health, more specifically, measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being. There were three research questions that this study sought to answer: 1) Will a relationship be observed between engagement with news and measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being? 2) Does the amount of time someone engages with news influence the measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being? 3) Is there a difference between the participants who have watched the positive video first or the negative video first?

Method: A questionnaire was administered to participants (n=65) via social media. It consisted of three measures, the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21)(Stress), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y1)(Anxiety), and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS)(Well-being).

Results: The results did not show any significant interaction between Engagement with news and measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being. They also did not show a significant relationship between the amount of time someone engages with news influences the measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being. Differences were observed between each of the variables and Group 1 and 2 over time. This indicated that watching either negative or positive videos first did affect each of the measures.

Conclusions: While the first two findings may contradict previous literature. The conclusion that a small positive or negative video can affect measures for Anxiety, Stress, and Well-being shows the impact that a “clickbait” culture like society today has on people’s mental health.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: 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: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 11:54
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 11:54
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5657

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