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ERIC Number: EJ1161344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Stress, Depression, and Anxiety among Transitioning College Students: The Family as a Protective Factor
Kahn, Jeffrey H.; Kasky-Hernández, Lynda M.; Ambrose, Pamm; French, Sarah
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v29 n2 p11-25 Fall 2017
Stress associated with the college transition can bring about depression and anxiety symptoms, but family relationships can reduce the impact of stress. We hypothesized that secure attachment to parents, comfort with talking about stressors, and family support would reduce the strength of the relationships between transition-related stress and symptoms experienced during the first week of college. First-year students (N = 90) completed measures related to parental attachment, stress, depression and anxiety, and family support during the second week of their first semester. Regression analyses indicated the relation between transition-related stress and depression was strongest when attachment anxiety (i.e., fear of rejection) was high, when students did not talk about their problems, and when family support was low. Family support had a moderating effect on anxiety, and high attachment avoidance (i.e., fear of dependency) was associated with a stronger relation between stress and anxiety. University programs should emphasize the importance of family relationships when promoting successful psychological adjustment to college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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