Effects of skipping meals on the psychological state
Sekido, Keiko The University of Tokushima
Fukai, Kiyoko Okayama University
Effects of skipping meals on psychological state were studied in ５１ nursing students.
The students were asked to answer a １０-item questionnaire about their psychological state before the beginning of morning classes, immediately after the end of morning classes, before the beginning of afternoon classes, and immediately after the end of afternoon classes.
As a result of factor analysis of the answers to the questionnaire, two factors were extracted, and the first and second factors were interpreted as“a factor related to motivation”and“a factor related to the stability of the mental state”, respectively. The score of each factor was compared between the students who had eaten meals and those who had skipped them.
Before the morning classes, motivation toward classes tended to be lower, and the mental state was less stable, in the students who had skipped breakfast than in those who had eaten it.
Before the afternoon classes, motivation toward classes was significantly lower in the students who had skipped lunch than in those who had eaten it.
The two factors related to motivation and the stability of the mental state were suggested to be affected by skipping meals.
The Journal of Nursing Investigation
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