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.
|Title of host publication||Preparing for Tomorrow Today|
|Subtitle of host publication||The First Year Experience as foundation, First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009|
|Place of Publication||Brisbane Australia|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||First Year in Higher Education Conference - Townsville, QLD, Australia|
Duration: 29 Jun 2009 → 01 Jul 2009
|Conference||First Year in Higher Education Conference|
|Period||29/06/09 → 01/07/09|
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.