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LUC The Hague: Research Update

15 October 2020

Dr. Thrivikraman and Dr. Cho have conducted a study looking into educational and health needs of college students.  The purpose of this study was to determine how diet sleep and physical activity impact resilience to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and online educational learning. We would like to thank all the students for their active participation despite the short recruitment period. We are happy to share the published study findings.  

Excerpt/ Quote from the abstract:

"Students enrolled in universities in China, Ireland, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States were recruited in May 2020. A total of 2254 students completed this cross-sectional study. Perceived stress and anxiety were negatively associated with sleep quality through the mediation of rumination. Increased psychological resilience weakened the relationships between perceived stress and anxiety on sleep quality. The majority of students reported that COVID-19 negatively influenced their mental health and sleep quality but not sleep duration. Based on these results, university students would likely benefit from sleep education and mental health promotion programs that include trainings to increase psychological resilience and reduce rumination, particularly during times of increased stress”.

Further Information

For further information please refer to the following link: 

 https://www.mdpi.com/795050 Du, C.; Zan, M.C.H.; Cho, M.J.; Fenton, J.I.; Hsiao, P.Y.; Hsiao, R.; Keaver, L.; Lai, C.-C.; Lee, H.; Ludy, M.-J.; Shen, W.; Swee, W.C.S.; Thrivikraman, J.; Tseng, K.-W.; Tseng, W.-C.; Tucker, R.M. Increased Resilience Weakens the Relationship between Perceived Stress and Anxiety on Sleep Quality: A Moderated Mediation Analysis of Higher Education Students from 7 Countries. Clocks & Sleep 2020, 2, 334-353.  

Dr. Thrivikraman and Dr. Cho will be running a follow-up study in the near future and will communicate this through the upcoming newsletters. 

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