Transition distress: a psychological process
It will come as no surprise to anybody working within higher education, that many students find the transition into university emotionally and psychologically difficult. We clearly understand that students going through transition can experience psychological distress, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, a reduction in self-esteem and isolation.1–5 Many students describe a loss of feelings of control, and doubts about whether or not to stay at their new university. This is particularly concerning for universities, as research has identified that successful transition is a key element in determining retention and future student success.6–10 While most of us probably recognise all of this, there is often less understanding about why some students find transition so difficult, and more importantly, what we can do about it. In the last few years, I and my colleagues in Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby have been researching student transition in order to develop better interventions to support new students.
|Transition; student mental health; student counselling
|University & College Counselling
|Web address (URL)
|01 Sep 2016
|Publication process dates
|23 Sep 2021, 12:05
|01 Jun 2016
This interview first appeared in the September 2016 issue of University & College Counselling, published by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/university-and-college-counsell... 2021©’ The pdf is released for deposit in the above-named repository only and subject to its deposit being on a not-for-profit basis.
|University of Derby
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