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Sun Exposure, Depression and Anxiety among College Students

Wong, King In (2022) Sun Exposure, Depression and Anxiety among College Students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Previous research found that nearly half of the college students suffered mental disorders (Blanco et al., 2008), and 41.6% of college students suffered from anxiety and 36.4% from depression (Mistler et al., 2012). Moreover, the prior studies related to vitamin D, depression and anxiety among college students were insufficient. Therefore, this research aims to investigate the relationship between sun exposure, anxiety and depression among college students to fill the literature gap and provide greater understanding.

In the current quantitative study, 80 college students with no cognitive disability voluntarily participated in this study by completing a survey through social media promotion. The survey involved a demographic questionnaire, sun exposure questionnaire and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. The results from the correlational analysis revealed that sun exposure was not significantly correlated to depression and anxiety. However, it showed a significant correlation between depression and anxiety.

These findings have filled the literature gap and challenged the theory of sun exposure being the vitamin D’s primary source. Further research of possible factors and interventions of college students' mental illness despite sun exposure, and more studies focusing on college students’ mental illness are required to improve college students’ mental health.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 11:47
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 11:47

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