Promoting student well-being and resilience at law school

Watson, Penelope & Field, Rachael (2011) Promoting student well-being and resilience at law school. In Kift, Sally M., Sanson, Michelle, Cowley, Jill, & Watson, Penelope (Eds.) Excellence and Innovation in Legal Education. Lexis Nexis Butterworths, Australia.

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University can be a psychologically distressing place for students, particularly those studying law. Legal academics have been concerned about this for some time. In the United States, in particular, it has been found that symptoms of psychological distress rise signifi cantly for students in their fi rst year of law (compared to levels in the general population at that time), and persist throughout the degree to post-graduation. Recognised symptoms include depression, obsessive compulsive behaviour, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, anxiety, hostility, paranoia, and social alienation. Many students experience law school as an isolating, adversarial and competitive environment, which impacts negatively on their values and motivation...

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ID Code: 54386
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: law student well-being, curriculum renewal, pastoral care, peer assisted learning, legal education, HERN
ISBN: 9780409328165
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright Reed International Books Australia Pty Limited trading as Lexis Nexis.
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2012 00:58
Last Modified: 14 May 2016 18:27

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