Both anxiety and high consumptions of caffeine are experienced at high rates among the college student population. This study examined how the continued presence or current removal of caffeine affects anxiety levels using 9 psychology students recruited from Winona State University. Participants were randomly assigned to either the control or experimental condition. On Day 1 and Day 5 of their participation, participant’s state and trait anxiety were measured using the STAI-AD test. An independent samples t-test showed there was a significant difference between groups which supported they hypothesis that those who cease caffeine use for five days would experience decreased anxiety symptoms compared to those that did not. These findings indicate that female college students are using caffeine at levels that are contributing significantly to their anxiety. These data suggest that wellness programs on college campuses should include discussions to reduce caffeine consumption in college women.
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