The Effect of Music on Stress Level in College Students


The Effect of Music on Stress Level in College Students



Caitlin M. Lavilla, Madison K. Miller, Kristin L. Murray, Caitlyn G. Unruh


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: HSS 428



BackgroundCurrent research has explored the effect of music therapy on various populations including premature infants, generalized hospital patients, those with mental health issues, and older adults. Less is known about how the stress level of college students is influenced by music therapy.Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify a possible correlation between listening to music and a decrease in stress level in college students. MethodologyThe study will include juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in classes at the University of Dayton. Each student will participate in the cross-sectional study by completing an adapted fourteen item questionnaire, sent via email, containing items regarding their stress levels, stress coping mechanisms, various symptoms of stress, causes of stress, and use of music while studying. Descriptive statistics will be used to describe the symptoms and causes of stress. An independent t-test will be performed to examine the difference between college students who listen to music compared to college students who do not listen to music in terms of stress level. Results The results of this study will be provided at the time of the presentation.

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Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Diana Cuy Castellanos

Primary Advisor's Department

Health and Sport Science


Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-Being

The Effect of Music on Stress Level in College Students