Table 4.

Stress-Relieving Activities Used by Students Enrolled in a Three-Year Doctor of Pharmacy Program

ActivityLevel of Stress Reliefa
No. (%)Mean (SD)MedianMode
Drinking alcohol39 (41.1)2.8 (1.4)33
Exercising or playing sports79 (83.2)3.3 (1.4)44
Personal time alone95 (100)3.4 (1.2)44
Spending time with family and friends93 (97.9)4.0 (1.2)45
Reading at leisure69 (72.6)2.7 (1.4)31
Sleeping or taking naps91 (95.8)3.9 (1.3)45
Smoking cigarettes or use of other tobacco products18 (18.9)1.9 (1.4)11
Study group66 (69.5)2.7 (1.2)2.52
Watching television79 (83.2)3.5 (1.3)35
Use of nonprescription or herbal anti-anxiety medications or sleep aids18 (18.9)3.3 (1.3)33
Use of prescription anti-anxiety medications or sleep aids11 (11.6)2.8 (1.4)34
Use of illicit substances5 (5.3)1.8 (1.8)11
  • a Range 0-5; 0 = no stress relief, 5 = most stress relief