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The difference between level of sport on the symptoms of a mental health disorder within an Irish context

Neuman Jones, Laoise Lotte Esther (2023) The difference between level of sport on the symptoms of a mental health disorder within an Irish context. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: This study analysed the association between the levels of playing sports and mental well-being through measuring the variables of stress, depression, anxiety and quality of life. The study is based on the hypotheses that depression, anxiety and stress increases as the level of sport increases. The final hypothesis is that the quality of life decreases as the level of sport increases.

Method: An online questionnaire was administered to participants (n=121) through social media and circulation through sports teams to which the author had access. The questionnaire consisted of questions regarding scores of depression, anxiety and stress which were from the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and also included questions regarding quality of life which came from the World Health Organisation Quality of Life Instrument (WHOQOL). The four hypotheses were investigated through an ANOVA analysis.

Results: there were 119 viable respondents and these represented a broad range of athletes. None of the hypotheses were supported by the results of the ANOVA analyses. However, small insignificant deviations were found between level of sport.

Conclusion: Overall, the results of the current study, while not significant demonstrate the importance for mental well-being for engaging in sport.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Kracen, Amanda
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 14:52
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 14:52

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