Social and Psychological Aspects

Men’s Stress Dressing and Eating Habits

  • Bradley Horton (Ball State University)
  • Diana Saiki (Ball State University)
  • Jay Kandiah (Ball State University)


Stress is a common health issue that affects physical and emotional well-being including dressing and eating behavior. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of perceived stress (PS) on dressing and eating behaviors of males. A validated and reliable survey was used to assess demographics, effort put forth to control healthy eating and dressing choices, patterns of dressing and eating when undergoing PS, and dressing behavior and foods eaten when under non-perceived stress (NPS) and PS. Responses of 180 male university students revealed that during PS these men dressed casually. These results implicate that selection of accessories, hair care practices, scent products, and formal clothing may reveal stress prevalence in this population. These findings maybe of value for the apparel and textiles industry to concentrate on the design and merchandising of accessories and formal clothing to assist young male consumers when managing PS.

Keywords: dressing, eating, males, Stress

How to Cite:

Horton, B., Saiki, D. & Kandiah, J., (2019) “Men’s Stress Dressing and Eating Habits”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019