Feeling Healthy? A Survey of Physical and Psychological Wellbeing of Students from Seven Universities in the UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604228
Title:
Feeling Healthy? A Survey of Physical and Psychological Wellbeing of Students from Seven Universities in the UK
Authors:
El Ansari, Walid; Stock, Christiane; Snelgrove, Sherrill; Hu, Xiaoling; Parke, Sian; Davies, Shân; John, Jill; Adetunji, Hamed; Stoate, Mary; Deeny, Pat; Phillips, Ceri; Mabhala, Mzwandile A.
Abstract:
Abstract: University students’ physical and psychological health and wellbeing are important and comprise many variables. This study assessed perceived health status in addition to a range of physical and psychological wellbeing indicators of 3,706 undergraduate students from seven universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We compared differences in these variables between males and females, and across the participating universities. The data was collected in 2007–2008. A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information (e.g., gender, age), self-reported physical and psychological health data, as well as questions on health awareness, health service use, social support, burdens and stressors and university study related questions. While females generally reported more health problems and psychological burdens, male students felt that they received/had fewer persons to depend on for social support. The comparisons of health and wellbeing variables across the different universities suggested some evidence of ‘clustering’ of the variables under study, whereby favourable situations would be exhibited by a cluster of the variables that is encountered at some universities; and conversely, the clustering of less favourable variables as exhibited at other universities. We conclude that the level of health complaints and psychological problems/burdens is relatively high and calls for increased awareness of university administrators, leaders and policy makers to the health and well-being needs of their students. The observed clustering effects also indicate the need for local (university-specific) health and wellbeing profiles as basis and guidance for relevant health promotion programmes at universities.
Affiliation:
University of Gloucestershire; University of Southern Denmark; Swansea University; Bath Spa University; Oxford Brookes University; University of Ulster; University of Chester
Citation:
El Ansari, W., et. al. (2011). Feeling Healthy? A Survey of Physical and Psychological Wellbeing of Students from Seven Universities in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(5), 1308-1323. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph8051308
Publisher:
MDPI
Journal:
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publication Date:
27-Apr-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604228
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph8051308
Additional Links:
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/8/5/1308
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
1660-4601
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorEl Ansari, Waliden
dc.contributor.authorStock, Christianeen
dc.contributor.authorSnelgrove, Sherrillen
dc.contributor.authorHu, Xiaolingen
dc.contributor.authorParke, Sianen
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Shânen
dc.contributor.authorJohn, Jillen
dc.contributor.authorAdetunji, Hameden
dc.contributor.authorStoate, Maryen
dc.contributor.authorDeeny, Paten
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Cerien
dc.contributor.authorMabhala, Mzwandile A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-01T15:50:32Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-01T15:50:32Zen
dc.date.issued2011-04-27en
dc.identifier.citationEl Ansari, W., et. al. (2011). Feeling Healthy? A Survey of Physical and Psychological Wellbeing of Students from Seven Universities in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(5), 1308-1323. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph8051308en
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph8051308en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604228en
dc.description.abstractAbstract: University students’ physical and psychological health and wellbeing are important and comprise many variables. This study assessed perceived health status in addition to a range of physical and psychological wellbeing indicators of 3,706 undergraduate students from seven universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We compared differences in these variables between males and females, and across the participating universities. The data was collected in 2007–2008. A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information (e.g., gender, age), self-reported physical and psychological health data, as well as questions on health awareness, health service use, social support, burdens and stressors and university study related questions. While females generally reported more health problems and psychological burdens, male students felt that they received/had fewer persons to depend on for social support. The comparisons of health and wellbeing variables across the different universities suggested some evidence of ‘clustering’ of the variables under study, whereby favourable situations would be exhibited by a cluster of the variables that is encountered at some universities; and conversely, the clustering of less favourable variables as exhibited at other universities. We conclude that the level of health complaints and psychological problems/burdens is relatively high and calls for increased awareness of university administrators, leaders and policy makers to the health and well-being needs of their students. The observed clustering effects also indicate the need for local (university-specific) health and wellbeing profiles as basis and guidance for relevant health promotion programmes at universities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMDPIen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/8/5/1308en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectuniversity students; physical health; psychological wellbeing; social support; psychosomatic; burdens and stressors; genderen
dc.titleFeeling Healthy? A Survey of Physical and Psychological Wellbeing of Students from Seven Universities in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1660-4601en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Gloucestershire; University of Southern Denmark; Swansea University; Bath Spa University; Oxford Brookes University; University of Ulster; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthen
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