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The Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Social Support Concerning Daily Stress-Related Growth in Students

Kronenfeld, Pia (2023) The Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Social Support Concerning Daily Stress-Related Growth in Students.

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Abstract:The current study investigated the relationship between students' everyday stress-related growth, sleep quality, and social support. This study contributed to the current state of research regarding factors that influence daily stress-related growth. Accordingly, a quantitative, longitudinal study using experience sampling was conducted to answer the research question To what extent is daily stress-related growth associated with sleep quality and social support in students? Data was gathered via an app that displayed the variables’ questionnaires for the 63 participants. A correlation matrix and a linear mixed-effects model were utilised to evaluate the effect of social support on growth and social support as a moderator in the relationship between sleep quality and growth. The results showed a positive correlation between social support and growth in the context of daily stress. However, there was no significant correlation between sleep quality and growth when moderating for social support. The findings supported the assumption already made in earlier research that social support contributes to facilitating stress processing, particularly in the current study context of stress-related growth. The survey promotes an understanding of factors that potentially lead to daily stress-related growth by emphasising the value of social support in fostering individual growth and resilience in the face of ongoing stress. Practical implications suggest the need to create a safe space for students, for instance, through peer support initiatives and social network-building tools. For future research, more extended study periods should be considered to explore a broader range of daily stress levels and improve inter-individual comparability.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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