Psychosomatic Illnesses: How Stress Caused by Work and School in Hospitality Management Students Acts as an Acquired Constitutional Factor


This study investigated the relationship of the mind and body. This study used Walker's bi-directional stress model to show that stress can affect the body by acting as an acquired constitutional factor. Previous research has been done on how stress can affect psychosomatic illnesses and many other health conditions. For this reason, this study will determine if there are high levels of stress associated with work and school found in students studying the hospitality industry, which can act as an increase the constitutional vulnerability having a psychosomatic illness.

A survey consisting of demographics and a stress analysis was used for participants to self-evaluate if work and school increases their stress levels. The results of 116 surveys from a sample of Rosen College of Hospitality Management students were analyzed. The results showed that there are high levels of stress associated with work and school found in students studying the hospitality industry. The validity of this survey was examined allowing the survey to be generalized to those juniors and seniors who are studying hospitality at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Recommendations were made for further studies to be done on ways to decrease stress of students. Although this research shows how work and school affect the stress levels of students, further research should also be done examining how stress influences the health of the students.


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Thesis Completion





Ross, Mary Jo


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Degree Program

Hospitality Management


Dissertations, Academic -- Hospitality Management; Hospitality Management -- Dissertations, Academic; College students -- Psychology; Hospitality industry -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Florida; Medicine, Psychosomatic; Stress (Physiology)


Rosen College of Hospitality Management







Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access


Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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