ERIC Number: EJ1036736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Food Insecurity: Is It an Issue among Tertiary Students?
Gallegos, Danielle; Ramsey, Rebecca; Ong, Kai Wen
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v67 n5 p497-510 May 2014
Insufficient access to food is known to compromise tertiary studies. Students often belong to groups known to have poor food security such as those renting or relying on government payments. The present study administered a cross-sectional survey incorporating the USDA food security survey module (FSSM) to 810 students at a metropolitan university in Brisbane, Australia. One in four students indicated they were food insecure, this being double that previously reported for tertiary students and five times that previously reported for the general population. Factors associated with food insecurity included low income, reliance on government support and renting. Students from food insecure households were twice as likely to report only fair or poor general health and three times as likely to have deferred their studies due to financial difficulties. Further, at least 80% of these students reported that their studies were compromised. Strategies to alleviate food insecurity among students could improve retention rates and educational outcomes.
Descriptors: Food, Hunger, College Students, Surveys, Foreign Countries, Socioeconomic Status, Low Income Groups, Welfare Services, Family Environment, Physical Health, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia