Child Health Nurs Res.  2019 Jan;25(1):48-55. 10.4094/chnr.2019.25.1.48.

Influence of Psychosocial Factors on Energy Drink Consumption in Korean Nursing Students: Never-consumers versus Ever-consumers

Affiliations
  • 1Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. jiheachoi@yonsei.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study aimed to investigate the status of caffeine-containing energy drink consumption among Korean nursing students and to identify associated psychological factors.
METHODS
In total, 187 Korean nursing students participated in this cross-sectional study. A self-administered questionnaire was used to identify participants' general characteristics and psychosocial factors (self-esteem, academic stress, depression, and college adjustment) associated with energy drink consumption. Data were analyzed with SPSS using descriptive statistics, the χ² test, the t-test, and logistic regression.
RESULTS
More than two-thirds (73.3%) of the participants had consumed energy drinks. Among the investigated psychological factors, depression appeared to most strongly influence energy drink consumption behaviors in this population.
CONCLUSION
The consumption of caffeine-containing energy drinks was found to be common among nursing students preparing to become health care professionals; depressed nursing students were more likely to have consumed energy drinks than non-depressed students. Nursing educators should emphasize the early detection of unhealthy beverage consumption habits and provide appropriate education to enhance healthy behaviors in future health care professionals.

Keyword

Energy drinks; Nursing student; Depression

MeSH Terms

Beverages
Cross-Sectional Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Depression
Education
Energy Drinks*
Humans
Logistic Models
Nursing*
Psychology*
Students, Nursing*
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