Urban Residents Have Higher Levels Of Stress Than Their Rural And Suburban Counterparts

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In fact, there have been studies about whether urban residents have higher levels of stress than their rural and suburban counterparts, and their conclusions correlate with what was found in the current study. According to one study, the chronic social stress produced by urban living is so great that it leads to residents being 20% more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, 40% more likely to develop a mood disorder, and twice as likely to develop schizophrenia (Adli). The study correlates the high levels of social stress to the high population density of urban areas, which showcases socioeconomic disparities and makes an individual feel as though they have less control over the environment (Adli). Another study conducted by a German research group reported that the amygdala (a region of the brain which plays a primary role in emotional response) was more active in stressful situations for urban-dwelling participants than rural-dwelling ones (Lederbogen, et al). In fact, the activation levels seemed to increase directly proportional to the increasing size of the city (Lederbogen, et al). These findings suggest that urban living can certainly be correlated to increased levels of stress, and therefore helps to explain the findings in the current study on California college students.. Average overall stress levels also varied by which system their school was a part of. Community college students reported the least amount of stress (6.2), UC (6.7) and private (7.1) students…

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