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Japanese University Student Lifestyles. Douglas Trelfa, Associate Professor, College of Education Tamagawa University Tokyo, Japan. Research Method. Exploratory questionnaire survey Convenience sample of students at four campuses in Tokyo area

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japanese university student lifestyles

Japanese University Student Lifestyles

Douglas Trelfa,

Associate Professor, College of Education

Tamagawa University

Tokyo, Japan

research method
Research Method
  • Exploratory questionnaire survey
  • Convenience sample of students at fourcampuses in Tokyo area
  • Supplemented with class exercises in my courses, interviews and observations of first year students
  • Further supplemented with school-wide and national survey data
  • This presentation
    • sub-sample of first year students
    • anonymous private university in Tokyo
    • n=82
key variables
Key variables
  • Lifestyle
    • Eating
    • Sleeping
    • Part-time jobs
    • Other activities
    • Time management
  • Physical well-being
  • Psychological well-being
  • Social support
  • Student life at college
first year student part time jobs
First Year Student Part-time Jobs
  • 55% have part-time jobs
  • Average for first year students who work (13. 5 hours)
  • 11% reported frequently working late on school nights
  • Only 5% reported that part-time work often interferes with school
  • 11% reported that they were not able to get enough sleep due to part-time jobs
  • Late dinners
    • 31% reported eating dinner after 9pm frequently
  • Convenience and fast food
    • 28% reported frequently eating convenience store meals and 18% fast food
  • Home cooked meals
    • 53% of students reported frequently eating home cooked meals, versus 41% who reported never or infrequently eating home cooked meals
the exhausted college student
The Exhausted College Student
  • 29% of first year students reported occasionally or frequently staying up all night
  • Only 11% reported waking up naturally
  • 13% reported oversleeping frequently
  • 29% reported sleeping frequently in class; 50% occasionally
  • Only 21% reported never or almost never sleeping in class
first tobacco use
First Tobacco Use

Table Age of First Smoking for Core Smoking Age (30-39)

Source: Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Health and Nutrition Survey, 2004

commute time and well being
Commute Time and Well Being

Pearson Correlation Coefficient n=82

*Significant at .05 level (2-tailed)

**Significant at .01 level (2-tailed)

social support network
Social Support Network
  • 62% live at home or with relatives; 8% in dormitories
  • 70% of students reported having three or more friends to whom they could talk about personal problems
  • 76% reported being satisfied or almost satisfied with friendships
  • 23% of first year students reported being in intimate relationships
  • 10% of those in intimate relationships have partners from the same school
  • Japanese first year college students lead active, busy lives
  • Many Japanese college students under significant stress due to long commutes and too many commitments and diversions
  • Social support networks and living at home provide some stability to counteract stress
  • Time management and health education potentially of great benefit to first year students