Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Smith, Laurie


The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship between mental health challenges, life balance concerns and caffeine consumption among college students. As caffeine is considered a psychoactive and cognitive enhancer that enhances physical performance, consuming an excess of caffeine can result in caffeine intoxication, which may include experiencing negative side effects.

Utilizing quantitative methods and availability sampling, 61 college students completed a self-administered online survey via Instagram and, with the assistance of professors, in classrooms. The self-administered Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale 21 (DASS-21) reveals that college students are experiencing high levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. A majority of participants reported that they spend their free time working on coursework and do not see their family, friends, and loved ones as much as they would like to. The self-administered Caffeine Consumption Questionnaire-R (CCQ-R) reveals that college students are consuming caffeinated beverages, and coffee is shown to be the most consumed. Although there was no correlation between caffeine consumption and mental health, college students experienced negative side effects when consuming caffeine.

Included in

Social Work Commons