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dc.contributor.authorLee, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Faruk
dc.contributor.authorPathirana, Thanya
dc.contributor.authorPapier, Keren
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-01T00:37:50Z
dc.date.available2018-11-01T00:37:50Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn2059-8564en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/99588
dc.description.abstractObjective: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between stress and various socio-demographic, health and behavioural factors among undergraduate students studying in an Australian university. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out among firstyear undergraduate students studying at Griffith University. Participants were recruited from four different academic groups (N=728). The questionnaire used in this study comprised of three sections: socio-demographic information, stress scale and a food frequency questionnaire. K-means Cluster analysis was performed to identify the major dietary patterns and multinomial logistic regression analysis was used to examine the factors associated with stress. Results: Nearly 53% of the students had some degree of stress with 37.4% experiencing moderate to severe levels of stress. The factors most strongly associated with having mild or moderate/ severe stress levels included being in a relationship [OR =1.71, 95% CI (1.02-2.87) and OR=1.61, 95% CI (1.06-2.44)], studying a non-health related degree [OR=1.68, 95% CI (1.03-2.73) and OR=1.51, 95% CI (1.04-2.19)], working ≥ 21 hours per week [OR=2.12, 95% CI (1.02-4.40) and OR=2.21, 95% CI (1.32- 3.67)], and engaging in an unhealthy dietary pattern [OR=2.67, 95% CI (1.25-5.72) and OR=2.76, 95% CI (1.47-5.16)]. Being a female [OR=1.84, 95% CI (1.25-2.72)], living in a shared accommodation [OR=0.52, 95% CI (0.27-0.98)], rarely exercising [OR=2.64, 95% CI (1.59-4.39)], having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over [OR=2.03, 95% CI (1.36-3.04)], and engaging in a dietary pattern that was low in protein, fruit and vegetables [OR=1.72, 95% CI (1.06-2.77)] were also associated with having moderate/severe stress levels. Conclusion: This study found that more than half of the undergraduate students had some levels of stress. Both mild and moderate/severe levels of stress were associated with sociodemographic characteristics, risky health behaviours and poor dietary patterns. Our findings reinforce the need to promote healthy behaviours among undergraduate university students in order to maintain good mental health.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherVerizona Publisheren_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://verizonaonlinepublishing.com/CurrentIssueFoodThree.aspxen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom17en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto24en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalFood and Nutrition Reporten_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume1en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMental Healthen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111714en_US
dc.titleFactors Associated with Stress among First-year Undergraduate Students Attending an Australian Universityen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.description.versionPublisheden_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Medicineen_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2016 Patricia C. Lee, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en_US
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