ERIC Number: EJ781481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
How Do I Know if My Student Is Dangerous?
Academe, v93 n6 p38-39 Nov-Dec 2007
As a nurse who has worked at several campus health centers, including, before last spring's shootings, the health center at Virginia Tech, the author knows that more students than ever are entering college with diagnosed mental illness and are taking psychiatric medications. Very few of these students pose any threat to themselves or others. Only in extremely rare cases does mental illness lead to violence--and, of course, violence is not always a product of mental illness. The stress of the college years can exacerbate the symptoms of mental illness, however. Because professors may work directly with students for extended periods during such a stressful period in their lives, it is important to recognize signs of potential violence in troubled students and to be aware of the resources their campus offers for students who need help. In this article, the author explains when to refer a student for help.
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Student Characteristics, Psychological Patterns, At Risk Persons, Stress Variables, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Role, Identification, Violence, College Faculty, College Students, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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