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Managing the Transition from School to University: A Challenging or Stressful Experience?

Moore, KA (2003). Managing the Transition from School to University: A Challenging or Stressful Experience?. In: Moore, KA 3rd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychology Society's Relationships Interest Group: Relationships : Family, Work and Community, Melbourne, 15-16 November, 2003.

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Author Moore, KA
Title Managing the Transition from School to University: A Challenging or Stressful Experience?
Conference Name 3rd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychology Society's Relationships Interest Group: Relationships : Family, Work and Community
Conference Location Melbourne
Conference Dates 15-16 November, 2003
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the Australian Psychology Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group 3rd Annual Conference
Editor Moore, KA
Place of Publication Melbourne
Publisher The Australian Psychological Society, Inc.
Publication Year 2003
ISBN 9780909881245   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 74
End Page 78
Total Pages 5
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract 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.
 
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