Document Type

Research Paper


The purpose of this research proposal is to investigate the relationship between Seasonal Affective Disorder and reading behavior of undergraduate college students of Rhode Island during winter months /Nov-Feb/. Undergraduate students aged between 18-25 from five different colleges are to be the unit of study. The research will aim to: (1) assess the seasonal mood changes in sample units; (2) describe possible prevalence of SAD; (3) investigate the correlation between SAD occurrence and change in reading behavior of students. Upon the completion of the study, college libraries and book businesses will be able to use the research to optimize their inventories during winter months, improve undergraduate college students` satisfaction on reading experiences and, by extension of course, contribute to preventing depression amongst young adults.



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