Stress on Campus
In an attempt to discover what relates to high stress in college students at Texas A&M University
we ran a correlation test between GPA, age, hours of sleep, and level of stress, which is the best
method because we are comparing continuous variables against one another. The null hypotheses
are that there is: no interaction between stress level and age, no interaction between stress and
GPA, no interaction between GPA and hours of sleep, and no interaction between GPA and age.
We find that highly unlikely as shown by our research hypotheses, which state, there is a
significant relationship between: stress level and age, stress and GPA, GPA and hours of sleep,
and GPA and age little of which is due to chance. Because we believe sleep relates to stress, and
stress relates to GPA, and age relates to all of the aforementioned, we expect to see significant
relationships amongst the four continuous variables being tested.
The sample group was made up of 25 Texas A&M students (12 males, 13 females)
between the ages 18-23 (
=1.34). Participants were asked about their gender, class
level, age, degree plan, hours taken in the 2011 spring semester, average GPA, hours of sleep in