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The correlation between personal stressors, anxiety and caffeine consumption among JMU faculty

By Erica LaRocca

Abstract

This study investigates the relationships between caffeine consumption, stress and anxiety among faculty at James Madison University. This was examined using a mixed methods study with a sample of twenty undergraduate faculty members from all Academic Colleges besides the College of Education. Quantitative data serves to provide descriptive statistics as well as data from the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 scale and the Caffeine Expectancy Scale. Qualitative data serves to learn about the motivations and habits surrounding caffeine, and about the stressors and anxieties specific to faculty members. Anxiety and caffeine are reported to have an association (p=0.656). It was found that participants use exercise as a primary source of stress and anxiety management. Faculty consume large quantities of caffeine for reasons such as habit, comfort, social interaction, enhanced productivity and to wake up. Participants report that they view the caffeine habits of students as problematic but do not find their habits, nor the habits of their colleagues, to be problematic

Topics: Stress, Anxiety, Caffeine, Faculty, Medicine and Health Sciences, Mental and Social Health, Psychiatric and Mental Health
Publisher: JMU Scholarly Commons
Year: 2020
OAI identifier: oai:commons.lib.jmu.edu:honors202029-1009
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