Problems and awareness of support services among University students

Schweitzer, Robert D. (1996) Problems and awareness of support services among University students. Journal of American College Health, 45(2), pp. 73-77.

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Abstract

Although Australian universities have allocated significant resources toward the development of student support services, administrators have little systematic information about the problems undergraduate university students experience or students' knowledge about available support services. The author surveyed 441 students in an urban, nonresidential university to examine the prevalence of difficulties associated with learning, sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress, health problems, course and career concerns, financial difficulties, and difficulties with lecturers; he also assessed students' knowledge of support services in each of these areas. Course concerns were the most common problem, followed by emotional distress, worry about career choices, financial difficulties, and problems with lecturers. More than half of the students were unaware of the support services available to them to address a range of concerns from sexual harassment and discrimination to emotional distress. Approximately 20% of the students reported having used university counseling or career services. Implications for targeting specific areas for outreach programs are discussed.

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ID Code: 58614
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: student problems, college students, stressors, support services, awareness
DOI: 10.1080/07448481.1996.9936865
ISSN: 0744-8481
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2013 00:59
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 00:59

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