ERIC Number: EJ994178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Homesickness and Adjustment in University Students
Thurber, Christopher A.; Walton, Edward A.
Journal of American College Health, v60 n5 p415-419 2012
The transition to college or university can be an exciting new experience for many young adults. For some, intense homesickness can make this move difficult, even unsustainable. Homesickness--defined as the distress or impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home--carries the unique hallmark of preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Sufferers typically report depression and anxiety, withdrawn behavior, and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to home. For domestic and international university students, intense homesickness is particularly problematic. It can exacerbate preexisting mood and anxiety disorders, precipitate new mental and physical health problems, and sometimes lead to withdrawal from school. New research, consolidated here for the first time, points to promising prevention and treatment strategies for homesick students, the result of which can be a healthy, gratifying, and productive educational experience.
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Anxiety Disorders, Physical Health, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Young Adults, Educational Experience, Attachment Behavior, Withdrawal (Psychology), Attention Control, Foreign Students, College Students, Mental Disorders, Withdrawal (Education), Prevention, Therapy, Outcomes of Treatment, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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