The Relationship between Self-Reported Anxiety and Biorhythms.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This research was conducted to investigate the relationship of anxiety to biorhythms. Two groups of Air Force Institute of Technology students were administered the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory the first group received eight surveys over a period of four weeks, the second group received only one survey. State and trait anxiety scores greater than one standard deviation about the group mean were tabulated against non-critical and critical biorhythm periods. Four hypotheses and variations were tested for higher than expected levels of anxiety occurring on critical days. A fifth hypothesis was tested for the rhythmicity of individual A-State anxiety scores. It was concluded that levels of anxiety may be influenced by biological fluctuations rhythms over time.