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Perceived Problem Solving, Stress, and Health Among College Students

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Objective: To study the relationships among perceived problem solving, stress, and physical health. Methods: The Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), Personal Problem solving Inventory (PSI), and a stress-related physical health symptoms checklist were used to measure perceived stress, problem solving, and health among undergraduate college students (N=232). Results: Perceived problem-solving ability predicted self-reported physical health symptoms (R2 = .12; P < .001) and perceived stress (R2 = .19; P < .001). Conclusion: Perceived problem solving was a stronger predictor of physical health and perceived stress than were physical activity, alcohol consumption, or social support. Implications for college health promotion are discussed.

Keywords: college health; physical health; problem solving; stress

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Florida, Department of Health Education and Behavior, Gainesville, FL 2: University of Delaware, Department of Health & Exercise Science, Newark, DE

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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