An Integrated Model of Weekday Stress and Weekend Recovery of Students

Jennifer M. Ragsdale, Terry A. Beehr, Simone Grebner, Kyunghee Han

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In previous research on psychological stress recovery, recovery activities and recovery experiences have been studied separately rather than jointly. The present study advances previous knowledge about stress recovery by integrating the effects of these separate recovery constructs within a single study and examining them outside the work context. We propose and test an integrated model of the stress-recovery process that includes weekday stressors and weekend recovery activity behaviors, psychological recovery experiences, and recovery outcomes. Undergraduates (n = 221) from a Midwestern university reported on Friday about stressors experienced during the week, followed by a weekend during which recovery could occur. On Monday they reported their weekend activities and their current well-being. Results suggest that participating in specific recovery activities during a weekend and accompanying specific subjective recovery experiences reduce negative psychological outcomes. Future research and practical applications of the integrated model of the recovery process are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-180
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Recovery
  • Recovery experiences
  • Stress
  • Weekend recovery activities
  • Well-being


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