The young and the stressed

Eric W. Leppink, Brian L. Odlaug, Katherine Lust, Gary Christenson, Jon E. Grant

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High levels of stress are common among young adults, particularly those enrolled in college. These degrees of stress have shown numerous deleterious effects across both academic and health variables. Findings regarding the role of stress in the presentation of impulse control disorders, particular among college students, are limited. This study examined potential associations between perceived stress, academic achievement, physical/mental health, and impulse control disorders in young adults. A total of 1805 students completed an online survey and were included in the analysis. Responders were grouped by their overall score on the Perceived Stress Scale into mild, moderate, or severe. Severe perceived stress was associated with worse academic achievement and worse physical health, as well as higher rates of psychiatric and impulsive disorders. These findings may suggest associations between stress and numerous aspects of mental/physical health in young adults, which could be an important consideration for individuals working with college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-938
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Mr Leppink declares no conflict of interest. Dr Odlaug has received research funding from the Trichotillomania Learning Center, has consulted for Lundbeck A/S, and receives royalties from Oxford University Press. Dr Lust reports employment at Boynton Health Services. Dr Christenson receives royalties from American Psychiatric Publishing Inc and New Harbinger Publications. Dr Grant has research grants from National Center for Responsible Gaming, Forest Pharmaceuticals, and Roche Pharmaceuticals. He receives yearly compensation from Springer Publishing for acting as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies and has received royalties from Oxford University Press, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, Norton Press, and McGraw Hill.

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© 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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  • Health
  • impulse control disorders
  • stress
  • young adult


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