ERIC Number: ED244200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Problems Bringing Commuters, Dormitory Residents, and Students from Different Classes to Counseling.
Tryon, Georgiana Shick
The personal problems and psychological needs of college students may vary according to their living arrangements. To compare the types and number of problems resident and commuter students bring to a university counseling center, the intake data of 345 students (152 dormitory residents, 193 commuters; 177 women, 168 men) seeking individual counseling during the 1981-82 academic year were analyzed. Data were categorized according to sex, type and number of problems, resident status, and class. An analysis of the results showed that dormitory residents sought help for personal problems more often than expected, and commuters sought help for more than one problem more often than expected. Fifty-four percent (54%) of the freshmen sought counseling, while only 13% of the juniors and 10% of the seniors sought counseling. Freshmen sought more test feedback, and juniors sought more personal counseling. Although women comprised 40% of the student body, 51% of the counselees were female. Students with personal problems were seen for more sessions than were any other students. Juniors were seen for the largest number of sessions followed by seniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Finally, junior and sophomore dormitory residents were seen for more sessions than were commuters, and senior commuters were seen for more sessions than senior dormitory residents. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-9, 1983).