2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

College Student's Proximity to College and Its Impact on Physical Wellness

Linh N. Nguyen* and Erica Munufieh
Dr. Nancy Daley-Moore and Dr. Julene Ensign, Faculty Mentors

Freshman year can be both exciting and challenging, providing students with opportunities to explore their identity and increase their responsibilities and independence (Colie Barie, 2003). Without parent oversight, students may have difficulty maintaining the healthy lifestyle necessary for personal wellness and day-to-day tasks of higher education. The current study aims to examine the relationship between freshmen living away from home and their physical wellness. All full-time, first-year students at Truman State University were recruited through the Center for Academic Excellence’s initial orientation session to complete a 50-question baseline survey assessing students’ perceived level of wellness (n= 251). Using ANOVA, initial data analysis showed students living away from home are more likely to have sleep deprivation and difficulty getting regular doctor visits (p= 0.025 and p=0.04). Thus, the Truman admission office can utilize this study’s results to develop interventions or future studies understanding wellness perceptions among first-year students.


Keywords: health, undergraduate students, physical wellness, sleep deprivation, doctor visits

Topic(s):Health Science
Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Poster

Session: 12-9
Location: https://flipgrid.com/8cc1d4c6
Time: 0:00

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