Emotional wellbeing of first year university students: Critical for determining future academic success

Elizabeth Douglass, Mir Islam

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Abstract

Stressors and challenges faced by first year university students were investigated with the aims being to identify issues that may impact on emotional wellbeing of students, and also to assess whether issues impacting on emotional wellbeing affect academic performance. A sample of 181 students at an Australian regional university voluntarily completed a self report purpose made questionnaire. Results indicated that mental health problems and negative experiences for female students were strong predictors of academic difficulties, but similar findings were not found for male students. In male students, positive social interaction predicted less academic difficulties. These unusual findings are discussed in relation to strategy development for support structures provided by tertiary institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreparing for Tomorrow Today
Subtitle of host publicationThe First Year Experience as foundation, First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009
Place of PublicationBrisbane Australia
PublisherQUT
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781741072822
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventFirst Year in Higher Education Conference - Townsville, QLD, Australia
Duration: 29 Jun 200901 Jul 2009

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ConferenceFirst Year in Higher Education Conference
CountryAustralia
Period29/06/0901/07/09

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Douglass, E., & Islam, M. (2009). Emotional wellbeing of first year university students: Critical for determining future academic success. In Preparing for Tomorrow Today: The First Year Experience as foundation, First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009 (pp. 1-10). QUT.