8 Physical Activity and Coping Tactics in Undergraduate Students Talegria Brown: McNair Scholar Dr. Mary Pritchard: Mentor Psychology Abstract College can be stressful, making it important for students to have effective coping mechanisms in place. While some research has examined how college students deal with stress, very little has examined the effectiveness of physical activity as a coping mechanism for college students. The present study did just that. College students enrolled in Introductory Psychology completed A Quantitative Assessment of Stress Tolerance (Bland, Melton, Bigham, & Welle, 2014). This survey assessed college student stress levels and coping tactics. We also assessed how effective physical activity is as a coping mechanism compared to other forms of coping mechanisms. We found that most students in our population did not exercise; thus, it was difficult to test our hypothesis.

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