Sense of Coherence, Perceived Stress and Health Related Quality of Life in College Students

Jasmine Townsend, Pei-Chun Hsieh, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Jeanne Johnston, Ruth Gassman, Jon Agley, Susan Middlestadt, Ahmed YoussefAgha


College years can be very stressful, as they are uncertain times. Sense of coherence and physical activity are known to reduce levels of stress. A sample of 1185 college students revealed that sense of coherence and perceived stress were related to overall health, fewer unhealthy days, as well as fewer days of limited activity, and lower levels of perceived stress. Physical activity was related to overall general health and mental health days. Implications for higher education administration are discussed.



college students; sense of coherence; physical activity; quality of life; stress

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