Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 4-2016

Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Richard Beck

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Larry Norsworthy

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

David McAnulty


Complaints about sleep quality are common and some epidemiological surveys indicate that 15-35% of adults complain of frequent sleep disturbances. Impaired sleep is also a central feature in a number of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. This study was aimed at examining the relationship between sleep quality and resilience (the ability to cope and deal with stress). The hypothesis was that the two variables would be related; as resilience increased, it was predicted that sleep quality would also increase. Individuals (N = 167) were given the opportunity to complete a number of brief, self-report inventories assessing sleep, resilience, and positive and negative affect for extra credit in their introduction to psychology course. Bivariate correlations displayed a significant indirect relationship between resilience and the severity of sleep disturbance. A partial correlation was also computed in order to rule out pain as a confounding variable; the results revealed that the relationship between resilience and sleep quality remained significant when controlling for pain. Higher resilience was also associated with higher positive affect and lower negative affect. The hypothesis of the study was supported by the data collected. These findings suggest that the relationship between the two constructs is an area of research that may be pursued, in order to add to the literature and determine the extent of the relationship. Future research includes pursuing a more effective, longitudinal design as well as obtaining samples from more representative samples in order to determine if resilience can be an effective tool in the management and treatment of sleep disturbances.

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