Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Chronic illness, stress, and academic success
by Davis, Skye N., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 37; 1517611
Abstract (Summary)

Chronic illness is growing issue that can have noticeable implications for college students, and can lead to increased stress levels and lower academic performance. This report utilizes data collected on 30,093 students by the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHAII). Results indicate that there is no significant difference between the GPA (grade point average) of students with and without a chronic illness, as is the same for students reporting asthma. Students who reported having diabetes did show a significantly higher GPA than students reporting as not having diabetes.

It was also found that students under perceived higher levels of stress have lower GPAs than those without. There was also a significant difference in perceived hindrance on academic performance while having a chronic condition and GPA, with students who perceived to have interference of a chronic illness on their academic performance having lower GPAs. Finally, it was found that students with chronic illness reported higher stress levels than those not reporting a chronic illness. Thus more research should be done on this topic and chronic illness advocate programs should be implemented within higher education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Health education, Higher education
Publication Number: 1517611
ISBN: 978-1-267-46013-4
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