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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug;29(4):360-70.

Perceived problem solving, stress, and health among college students.

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University of Florida, Department of Health Education and Behavior, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA. elargo@ufl.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the relationships among perceived problem solving, stress, and physical health.

METHODS:

The Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), Personal Problem solving Inventory (PSI), and a stress-related physical health symptoms checklist were used to measure perceived stress, problem solving, and health among undergraduate college students (N = 232).

RESULTS:

Perceived problem-solving ability predicted self-reported physical health symptoms (R2 = .12; P < .001) and perceived stress (R2 = .19; P < .001).

CONCLUSION:

Perceived problem solving was a stronger predictor of physical health and perceived stress than were physical activity, alcohol consumption, or social support. Implications for college health promotion are discussed.

PMID:
16006233
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