Associations between backache and stress among undergraduate students

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Objective: Low back pain (LBP) is a very common symptom. It occurs in all age groups from children to the elderly population. Globally, years lived with disability caused by LBP increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015. Our objective was to investigate measures that associate with LBP in students. Participants: A structured, anonymous, self-report questionnaire was distributed in two study years, 2009 and 2015. Participants included 1,026 students, 57.7% of them female, with a mean age of 27.2 (SD = 6.4). Methods: The questionnaire included validated questions on various subjects related to health status and health behaviors. Results: The associated factors of undergraduate students experiencing backaches are higher if they engage in smoking (AOR = 2.15; p<.01), report study-based stress (AOR = 2.39; p<.01), and show depressive symptoms (AOR = 2.69; p<.000). Conclusions: Smoking, stress, and depression are strong measures associated with backache in undergraduate students, significantly more than BMI, physical activity, or sedentary behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020


  • Low back pain (LBP)
  • depression symptoms
  • stress
  • undergraduate students


Dive into the research topics of 'Associations between backache and stress among undergraduate students'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this