Upper gastrointestinal symptoms can be caused by many different diseases and can present themselves in many different forms and range in intensity depending on the person. In previous research, upper gastrointestinal symptoms have been correlated with stress, smoking, alcohol intake, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), among others. The purpose of this study will be focusing on finding any association between these risk factors mention and symptoms of upper gastrointestinal disease among college students. The study will utilize an Izumo scale questionnaire for the assessment of abdominal symptoms and Quality of Life (QOL). The questionnaire was built using Survey Monkey and distributed via email to students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The main hypothesis was that the more the student’s advancement in their college career, stress load, alcohol consumption, smoking, poor diet and a high consumption of some over the counter medication (specifically Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), the more prone the students will be to present symptoms of upper gastrointestinal disease. The results were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS), and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to find any associations. The One-Way ANOVA tests showed an association between gender, ethnicity, student status, major, cigarette smoking habits, alcohol consumption, binge drinking, diet, stress, sleeping, and overall health. The results of this study present clear evidence that among college students, their demographics as well as lifestyle and school choices have significant associations to the amount of gastrointestinal symptoms they present with.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

Saleh, Suha


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health and Public Affairs


Health Professions

Degree Program

Health Sciences Pre-Clincal Track


Orlando (Main) Campus



Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

1 year

Release Date