The Effects of Life Stress and Circadian Rhythm on Depression in College Students

전문대학생들의 생활스트레스, 일주기성이 우울감에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Mee (Dept. of Health Administration, Gwangju Health University)
  • 김미 (광주보건대학교 보건행정과)
  • Received : 2017.05.19
  • Accepted : 2017.07.20
  • Published : 2017.07.28


The purpose of this study was to measure the depression level of college students and to analyze the effects of college life stress and circadian rhythm on depression. A questionnaire survey was conducted to 720 students of college in Gwangju area from October 10, 2016 to October 31, and 687 of the collected questionnaires were analyzed. As this result, 34.5% of the students needed treatment for depression, and 71.6% of the students had mild depression. Second, depression was higher in female students, in higher grade students and students living apart from their parents. Third, evening activity type showed higher depression than morning activity type. Fourth, regression analysis revealed that depression was influenced by stress of value problem, circadian rhythm, academic stress, and getting a job stress. The results of this study suggest that students should be able to detect depression early and run a mental health program to relieve college life stress in college. However, this study is limited to some local college students and is not suitable for generalization. It is necessary to conduct research to compare university students and college students in the future.


Depression;College Life Stress;Circadian Rhythm;Academic stress;Stress of getting job


Supported by : Gwangju Health University


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