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The Role of Sleep, Stress, and Coping Styles on Anxiety and Depression
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by Jodi A. Lezamiz and Mary Pritchard - Boise State University
Categories: Adjustment & Coping | Physiological
Previous research has examined the relation between sleep and mental health in adolescent and elderly populations. The goal of this study was to examine the relation between college students' sleep habits and their mental health, particularly anxiety and depression. It was found that individuals with sleep disturbances may be at risk for depression and anxiety. Another goal of this study was to do an exploratory analysis of stress, coping strategies, gender, and sleep to discover which variables would best predict depression and anxiety. Avoidant coping was the best predictor followed by sleep disturbances for both depression and anxiety. The gender, of an individual was also found to have a negative effect on one's sleep, specifically for a woman.