Negative affectivity in university students: An exploratory study

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The university context is a complex space that can enhance the personal development of students, but it can also stimulate negative emotional experiences. This study was aimed at exploring negative affectivity levels in university students. Probabilistic sampling was used. The sample was composed of 1,377 students who completed the Experiential Self-Report. A univariate descriptive analysis, a two-step cluster analysis, a categorical principal components analysis and decision trees were used. Results revealed low levels of negative affectivity. Students were divided into 2 groups according to the intensity with which they experienced various negative emotions, with a higher presence of women in the cluster with worse results. Sadness and distress proved to be the best predictors of negative affectivity in university students. The results obtained are the first steps towards designing preventive strategies and promoting mental health in the university context.
Year of Publication
2016
Journal
Ansiedad y Estrés
Volume
22
Issue
1
Number of Pages
26-32
Date Published
jan
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1134-7937
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http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1134793716300094
DOI
10.1016/j.anyes.2016.03.001