Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Growing evidence indicates that anxious individuals are more likely to engage in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors associated with coronary heart disease. We examined the relationship of Trait Anxiety (T-Anx) with lifestyle behaviors and physiological variables in a sample of 34 college undergraduates scoring in the upper/lower quartiles on T-Anx (50% women). Participants were assessed for physiological variables (BP, BMI) and behaviors including cigarette smoking, activity/exercise level, alcohol intake, and sleep. High T-Anx participants smoked significantly more cigarettes, slept significantly fewer hours, and engaged in significantly less vigorous-intensity physical activity than low T-Anx participants. No significant differences between groups were noted on BP, BMI, overall activity level, or alcohol use. These findings provide evidence that high TAnx college-age individuals engage in unhealthy behaviors.
BF1 .M63 v. 13 no. 2 2008
Garnaat, Sarah L.; Gwinn, Jessica E.; Riley, Sara L.; Winslow, Lisa A.; Hansbourgh, Michael C.; Zielinski, Amanda L.; Gorter, Erin L.; Blevins, Jennifer; and Sydeman, Sumner J.
"Relationship between trait anxiety and health-related factors,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 13
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol13/iss2/2