A Preliminary Survey of University Employee's Perceptions of Work Related Stress: Association with Diet and Exercise on Campus

Khubchandani, Jagdish; Nagy, M. Christine; Watkins, Cecilia M.; Nagy, Stephen; Balls, Joyce E.
June 2009
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p306
Academic Journal
Objective: This study examined university employees' perceptions of work related stress and coping in relation to the impact on perceived health status and health promoting behaviors. Participants: All faculty and staff employed at a southeastern university in the United States received an e-mail invitation to participate in an online survey. Methods: This study identified high and low stress risk groups in a unique population of university employees based on perceived stress and perceived coping skills. The diet and exercise patterns were subsequently assessed based on stress risk. Results: University employees with high stress and poor coping skills were more likely to use food as a coping mechanism and were less likely to exercise due to work-related stress. Conclusion: Future researchers should investigate steps that college administrators can take to help alleviate some of these problems, such as offering workshops on stress relief and time management to faculty and staff.


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