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The impact of living environment on satisfaction with social relationships upon commencing university

conference contribution
posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Elodie O'Connor, Petra StaigerPetra Staiger, S Chambers
Making the transition to university is a significant life event for many young people. It is believed that strong social relationships can help make this transition more successful. In this study, 201 full-time, first year university students completed a survey in order to examine whether those students who remained living with their parents differed on a range of social relationship variables compared to those who lived on-campus or off-campus independently from their parents. Results revealed that students living independently off-campus reported significantly lower satisfaction with their living environment and opportunities to make new friends at university, as well as significantly higher levels of depression, and higher levels of loneliness which approached significance. These findings indicate that universities may need to focus more attention on this particular sub-group, in an attempt to increase the successful transition of students from high school to university. Future research could endeavour to develop strategies for increasing university students' social relationships and support networks.

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Event

Australian Psychological Society. Conference (7th : 2007 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Pagination

94 - 99

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2007-11-10

End date

2007-11-11

ISBN-13

9780909881351

ISBN-10

0909881359

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

Z Pearce

Title of proceedings

Generations of relationships and relationships across generations : Combined 7th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and International Association for Relationship Research Mini-conference

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