UBC Undergraduate Research

Exploring the Effects of UBC Green Spaces on Undergraduate Students’ Stress Levels Pham, Alice; Luan, Anderson; Matta, Ishgun; Chi, James; Li, Jessica; Liu, Shawn


For this project, our research question was “How does the duration of time spent in outdoor green spaces affect students’ level of stress while studying?” Our hypothesis is that students who study with the presence of green space would be less stressed than those who study without the presence of green space. In order to test our claim, we performed a correlational study. We had a total of 135 participants respond via a self-report survey. The independent variable was the duration of time spent studying outdoors and the dependent variable was the level of stress after studying. The participants’ stress levels were measured using the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. Based on the data that was collected, we found no correlation between the duration of time spent studying in outdoor green spaces and the individual’s level of stress. At the same time, we observed that participants were more likely to study in outdoor green spaces if they had more information on the location and its availability. 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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