Can Self-care Activities Help Combat the Effects of Academic Burnout?

Can Self-care Activities Help Combat the Effects of Academic Burnout?



Anna Jane Caldwell, Mia G. Fiordelisi, Chloe Gwendoline Fletcher, Adam J. Jones, Sage Alisen Roberts


Presentation: 10:45-12:00, Kennedy Union Ballroom



Academic burnout is a rising problem in college students as college can determine the trajectory of a students’ professional life. College is also very important for personal development along with the need to acquire and obtain knowledge and skills. As a result, academic burnout is prevalent in this population. There are many factors that can prevent academic burnout, such as physical activity and many others that can add to it, like increased levels of stress. This study investigated the intricate relationship between daily stressors and academic burnout while identifying effective coping mechanisms among college students at the University of Dayton (UD). We sought to assess the amount of academic burnout on the UD campus, look at coping mechanisms utilized by students and compared it to the proven strategy of physical exercise. We also aimed to analyze students’ daily stressors that impact the prevalence of academic burnout. Employing a cross-sectional design, a single survey was distributed to participants to gauge burnout levels, daily activities, and coping strategies. Participants, recruited from Health Science Research classes and through researcher networks, included UD undergraduate students living on campus. This offered a sample of high-achieving college students that may be at risk for burnout due to a high level of involvement.nThe importance of understanding and addressing academic burnout is underscored by its potential impact on students' well-being and academic performance. By investigating daily stressors and coping mechanisms, this research contributes valuable insights that can inform psychologists, teachers, and advisors in providing support and interventions for students struggling with burnout.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project - HSS 428 M2

Primary Advisor

Colby S. Teeman

Primary Advisor's Department

Health and Sport Science


Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals


Can Self-care Activities Help Combat the Effects of Academic Burnout?