Daily wellness behaviors in college students across a school year

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Objective: To establish the prevalence of mood and wellness behaviors in college students across a school year. Methods: 1,554 college students (69.4% female; average age 18.8 years) were followed with daily surveys on wellness behaviors for the school year. 1,207 participants completed at least 50% of daily surveys on mood, exercise, sleep, nutrition, mindfulness practice and singing/playing musical instrument. Results: Over 88.7% of college students reported at least one wellness behavior each day with 17.7% reporting 4 or more. Each of the wellness behaviors, however, displayed distinct prevalence patterns, varied significantly across the school year, and often across a given school week. Almost every individual wellness behavior was associated with a positive mood, and the cumulative number of daily wellness behaviors was a strongly associated with mood state. Conclusions: Daily wellness behaviors are collectively common, vary significantly within individuals, and are strongly associated with positive mood, both individual and cumulatively.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Copeland, WE; Bai, Y; Adams, Z; Lerner, M; King, JA; Rettew, J; Hudziak, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-3208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0744-8481

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07448481.2020.1819291

Citation Source

  • Scopus