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ERIC Number: EJ1146574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
Mental Health and Academic Performance of First-Year College Students
Wyatt, Tammy Jordan; Oswalt, Sara B.; Ochoa, Yesenia
International Journal of Higher Education, v6 n3 p178-187 2017
The prevalence and severity of mental health issues are increasing among college students, and such issues pose a threat to health and academic performance. Purpose: The primary purpose of the study is to examine differences in mental health diagnoses and their related academic impact with a special focus on classification year in college. Subjects and Methods: This study is a secondary data analysis. Responses from 66,159 U.S. undergraduate students about mental health and academics from the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II were examined using regression analyses. Results: Differences in mental health diagnoses were found by classification with first-year students reporting higher rates of self-injury and seriously considering suicide. Upperclassmen reported higher rates of academic impact from mental health factors. Conclusions and Recommendations: Findings indicate one's first-year of college as the prime time to promote awareness of and strategies to prevent mental health issues or negative academic effects; implications for first-year experience programs are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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