Residents vs. Commuters

Residents Vs. Commuters
Frances Martinez
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Professor Robin A. Robinson
Soc 316-01


The aim of this study was to observe the differences in well being between resident and commuter students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. This study looked at the areas of sleep, stress, relationships, drug and alcohol consumption and nutrition. Our hypothesis is that we believe that residents and commuter’s well-being would be affected differently by workload, relationship, drugs and alcohol use for coping mechanisms, and lack of good nutrition due to being busy. 69 students completed the survey. The age range was 18-27, 59% of students surveyed were residents males, 57% of students surveyed were commuter males, 41% of students surveyed were resident females and 43% of students surveyed were commuter females. After concluding the research we have come to find out that all the factors of our subgroups relate back to the feeling in all aspects of sleep, stress in general, relationship, drug and alcohol use, and nutrition.
The well being of a student attending a University is a very important topic that has been researched by many. Most research studies have individually explored sleep, nutrition, stress/workload, relationships, and alcohol/drugs. Others have compared two together to understand the correlation, but not many have tied all of them together. Our research on the commuters and residents well being at universities will be tying together sleep, nutrition, stress/workload, relationships, and alcohol/drugs. The focus of our study is to find out the differences and similarities of the commuter students versus the residential students. We aim to document the role sleep, nutrition, stress/workload, relationships, and alcohol/drugs has on the university students. We intend to examine both sides of the students that are part of the university.
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