This was a correlational study designed to investigate the relationship of stress and menstrual symptomatology in college-age women. The null hypothesis stated there would be no significant correlation between stress levels and menstrual symptomatology in women attending college. Data were collected from 90 subjects between the ages of 18 and 40 years who were attending college and who currently experience menses. All of the subjects were given the Menstrual Distress Questionnaire, Form C (MDQ) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Form Y-1 (STAX). Using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient, the scores were compared at the .05 level of significance. The results indicated a significant correlation between stress levels as measured by the scores on the STAX and menstrual symptoms as measured by scores on the MDQ. Therefore, the researcher rejected the null hypothesis. There is a correlation between stress levels and menstrual symptomatology in a college population.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis
Dr. Nancy L. Hill
Dr. Rayma Skinner
Cunningham, Denese E., "The Effects of Stress on Menstrusal Symptomatology in College-Age Women" (1987). MSN Research Projects. 169.