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Managing the transition from school to university: a challenging or stressful experience?

Moore, Kathleen 2003, Managing the transition from school to university: a challenging or stressful experience?, in Relationships: family, work and community: proceedings of the 3rd Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 74-78.

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Title Managing the transition from school to university: a challenging or stressful experience?
Author(s) Moore, Kathleen
Conference name Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd: 2003: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 15-16 Nov. 2003
Title of proceedings Relationships: family, work and community: proceedings of the 3rd Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference
Editor(s) Moore, Kathleen
Publication date 2003
Start page 74
End page 78
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Times of transition are stressful for most people. In this study, the aim was to investigate the stress reported by students as they commenced university, and to investigate whether stress levels, use of coping strategies, the availability of social support, and mood and anxiety differed among students who had moved house to commence university and those who had not. Results from 551 students indicate that 88% of them rated the level of commencing stress above the mid-point on a 5-pt Likert scale but there was no difference between students living at home and those not so, neither did these groups differ on their perceptions of available social support nor their use of coping strategies to deal with commencing university. There were however, gender differences on the use of appraisal of the stressor with females utilizing appraisal more so than males. Students who changed residence to study reported higher levels of depressive symptoms but not of anxiety symptoms. The strain of moving house and a deterioration in living conditions predicted scores on the stress of commencing university. These results are discussed in tenns of student welfare.
ISBN 9780909881245
0909881243
Language eng
Field of Research 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004970

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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