Laurel Catherine Bird, Brandon James Christopher, Haley Kate Gama, Marie A. Gross, Madeline Sarah Nichol


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: HSS 428



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Background: Caffeine consumption is common among college students for various reasons such as increasing studying time or partying situations. The consistent use of caffeine has been found to elicit the “fight or flight” response in the body which causes stress and can stimulate anxiety. This research investigates whether caffeine use is related to the signs and symptoms of anxiety in college students.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between caffeine consumption and signs and symptoms of anxiety in college students.

Methods: Methods include the collection of data on caffeine intake and the signs and symptoms of anxiety. This information will be obtained via a self-report survey to college students at the University of Dayton to gauge what their caffeine intake habits are and what their levels of anxiety are during a typical two week period. Questions will be formulated based on GAD-7 for the anxiety portion of the survey. Additional questions about caffeine were formulated by the researchers based on previous studies and inquiries.

Results: Data collection occurred March 28-April 4. Results are forthcoming.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Lauren Marie Murray

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

Does the Level of Caffeine Intake Relate to the Risk of Developing the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety in College-aged Students?