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Student Well-Being and Physical Activity in Campus Green Spaces Dugar, Mahak; Pearce, Stella; Rego, Rhea; Schoettler, Francesca; Verma, Isha

Abstract

This research study aims to analyze how physical activity – defined through movement – on campus green spaces (CGS) is associated with students’ subjective well-being. We hypothesized that students engaging in more physical activity in CGS will show higher positive affect and lower negative affect and stress scores. 217 participants completed our online survey, self-reporting their positive and negative affect, perceived stress, and time spent on CGS. This data allowed for the exploration of different levels of interaction by each student in CGS and how it relates to affectivity and stress. Using Pearson’s R correlation analysis, there was a positive correlation between positive affect and engagement in physical activity in CGS. There was a negative correlation between negative affect score, stress score, and time spent engaging in physical activity in CGS. However, the negative correlation was found as only marginally significant, indicating that a decreased amount of time spent in CGS may not directly contribute negatively to an individual's well-being. Through understanding the relationship between an individual's positive affect and time spent engaging in physical activity in CGS, we recommend that action is taken to have a greater diversity of engagement opportunities and increased awareness and accessibility to CGS. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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