2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

A Comparison of Stress and Negative Coping among Self-Reported Leaders vs. Non-Leaders
Linnea J. Heimsoth
Dr. Alicia Wodika and Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentors

The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS) is an extensive on-line survey that has been conducted annually across 21 college and university campuses, both public and private, since 2007. The instrument is designed to assess risk behaviors associated with the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among college students. The purpose of this study was to perform a secondary data analysis comparing stress and alcohol-related negative coping behaviors among self-reported leaders and non-leaders in 2013 (leaders n=213, non-leaders n=307) and 2014 (leaders n=191, non-leaders n=283) using descriptive statistics. Leaders and non-leaders reported similar levels of stress and patterns of alcohol consumption. Over half of respondents who consumed alcohol indicated that drinking helped them relax. Similarly, almost half of respondents in each category indicated that they were stressed but managing. Participants reported that significant sources of stress included both personal and academic challenges.

Keywords: Leaders, Stress, Alcohol

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-3
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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