The Relationship Among Depression, Anxiety, Perceived Stress, and Susceptibility to Illness

Jazzmyne Jefferson and Dr. Vernessa R. Clark, Department of Psychology, Virginia State University,1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806

The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship among depression, anxiety, perceived stress, and susceptibility to illness. It was hypothesized that depression, anxiety and perceived stress would be significantly correlated with susceptibility to stress. Specifically, it is hypothesized that all of the variables would be positively correlated with susceptibility to illness. Ninety-eight African American college students (21 men, 77 women) between the ages of 18-30 participated in the study. A Pearson correlation analysis was used to examine the relationships among the variable. In partial support of the hypothesis, depression, and anxiety significantly correlated with susceptibility to illness, which indicated that participants with higher levels of depression and anxiety were less likely to become sick. Perceived stress was not significantly correlated with susceptibility to illness.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jazzmyne Jefferson

Institution: Virginia State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7095