ERIC Number: EJ1032338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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Rural Compared to Urban Home Community Settings as Predictors of First-Year Students' Adjustment to University
Ames, Megan E.; Wintre, Maxine G.; Prancer, S. Mark; Pratt, Michael W.; Birnie-Lefcovitch, Shelly; Polivy, Janet; Adams, Gerald R.
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n2 p208-215 Mar 2014
Undergraduates (N = 2,823) at 6 universities were surveyed longitudinally to examine the relevance of student home setting on the transition to university. Preliminary results indicated that rural students seem less likely to attend large, ethnically diverse universities. Hierarchical linear models revealed that "proximal rural" students reported better social adjustment than did urban students in November; however, this relationship was accounted for by living in residence. Similar results were found in March but not mediated by residence. Proximal rural students also reported greater institutional attachment than did urban students in November. The findings highlight important research issues pertaining to students' adjustment to university.
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, College Freshmen, Rural Urban Differences, Student Adjustment, Undergraduate Students, Longitudinal Studies, Student Surveys, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, College Choice, Social Adjustment, Proximity, Place of Residence, Attachment Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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