Rumination, Sleep Disturbance and Psychological Distress in Hostelite Students

Thesis Title: Rumination, Sleep Disturbance and Psychological Distress in Hostelite Students

Author Name: Hadiqa Irfan

Supervisor: Shazia Khalid

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship among rumination, sleep disturbance and psychological distress in hostelite students. Within group research design was used and the sample comprised of 150 hostelite students with age range of 18 to 25 years. Rumination Response Scale (Hoeksema & Morrow, 1991), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index ( Buysse, et al., 1989) and Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (Kessler et al., 2002) were used to collect data. Correlation and regression analysis were applied. The results revealed that rumination and sleep disturbance were significantly positively correlated with psychological distress while rumination significantly predicted psychological distress in hostelite students. These findings highlight the need for early hour interventions in reducing rumination and sleep disturbance in order to prevent the growth of severe psychological illness in hostelite students and their failure in academic and occupational fields as well.


Rumination, psychological distress, sleep disturbance

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