Kayla M. Dawson, Madeline Ann Loughery, Giuliana M. Martin, Breven M. Perry, Monica Mary Widmeyer


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: Depression is a common condition that presents negative effects on mood, emotions, feelings toward self and personal condition, etc. The prevalence of mental health disorders among college students has continued to grow, with anxiety and depression being the most common. However, research has shown the right coping mechanisms, such as exercise, has helped to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression among college students. With college students being at increased risk of depression due to a variety of known factors, research should be conducted in order to examine the role exercise plays with the development of depression within these groups. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify a possible link between consistent exercise and the symptoms of depression in college students.Methods: The PHQ-9, a common questionnaire used to assess depressive symptoms/disorder, will be utilized in addition to basic demographic data collection questions like gender, age, and questions regarding exercise frequency and type. GroupMe, related platforms, and other communication methods are used to distribute the survey and ensure an adequate number participants complete the survey. The survey questions will be found within a Google Form questionnaire. Data collection will occur March 28 - April 4 Results are forthcoming

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Course Project

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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

Is There a Link between Consistent Exercise and Symptoms of Depression in College Students?