Autonomy supportive curriculum design : a salient factor in promoting law students' wellbeing

Huggins, Anna (2012) Autonomy supportive curriculum design : a salient factor in promoting law students' wellbeing. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 35(3), pp. 683-716.

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There is increasing awareness and concern about law students' elevated distress levels amongst members of the Australian legal academy and the broader legal community. Disproportionately high levels of psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, have been consistently documented in decades of research on American law student samples. Questions about whether these trends were an American phenomenon, and due to 'differences in demographics, pedagogy and culture' may not apply to Australian law students, began to be empirically addressed with the publication of the Brain and Mind Research Institute's Courting the Blues monograph in 2009. Amongst other findings, the comprehensive research in this monograph indicated that more than one-third of the surveyed law students from Australian universities experience high levels of psychological distress. Recent empirical research at a number of individual Australian law schools reveals similar trends, suggesting that aspects of the legal education experience may contribute to widespread distress levels amongst law students in Australia, as in the United States.

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ID Code: 82053
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self-Determination Theory, autonomy support, curriculum design, law students' well-being, legal education, HERN
ISSN: 0313-0096
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 University of New South Wales
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2015 00:16
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 20:36

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