Role of health-promoting behaviours for on-campus and distance education students

Lisa Beccaria, Cath Rogers, Lorelle Burton, Gavin Beccaria

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University students are likely to experience high rates of stress, which has the potential to negatively affect academic performance and their experience of study. Research with on-campus students has found positive benefits of health-promoting behaviours such as stress reduction and academic achievement; yet no research has examined these relationships with distance education students (and in comparison with on-campus students). Distance education students are a growing cohort in Australia higher education and elsewhere. This paper aims to redress this imbalance by comparing the relationships between stress, strain and coping, academic outcomes, and health-promoting behaviours in tertiary students (on-campus and distance education students). The study involved 242 on-campus and 399 distance education students at a regional Australian university. A path model was developed comparing both cohorts, and relationships were found to be similar, indicating no significant difference. Online interventions for distance education students which could be used to enhance coping are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-40
Number of pages19
JournalDistance Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Coping
  • distance education
  • health-promoting behaviours
  • higher education
  • stress
  • university


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