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ERIC Number: EJ872330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
College Student Psychological Well-Being during the Transition to College: Examining Individuation from Parents
Kenyon, DenYelle Baete; Koerner, Susan Silverberg
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1145-1160 Dec 2009
Problem: The present study examined whether incoming college student individuation from parents was associated with later well-being and adjustment to college. Method: Data were collected via online surveys with incoming college freshmen (during the summer or first week of class, follow-up three months later). Results: Analyses revealed that college students in the "individuated" group (high connectedness and high separateness) upon entering college had higher psychological well-being (i.e., fewer psychosomatic and depressive symptoms, and somewhat higher positive affect) three months later than students low on connectedness and separateness from parents ("ambiguous" group). However, there were no differences by individuation group on the college-specific outcomes. Conclusions: These findings suggest that there is a clear benefit to college student mental health of being simultaneously emotionally connected to and functionally independent from parents; the findings can help inform college preparation and orientation programs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States