Title

Life transition of becoming a university student

Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Associate Professor Lynne Cohen

Abstract

The transition to university is a common, but varied experience shared by all students. Although, it is a largely positive life transition, many students experience major difficulties in making this transition. New university students often have to move away from home, establish new friendships and cope with academic work. In addition, they tend to drop out of university during their first year of study due to the manifest difficulties they cannot overcome. However, some students are able to cope better than others and make this transition without difficulty. Students who experience those stressors but manage to overcome them are considered to be resilient. It is thus important to examine the factors which help those students to overcome those challenges and persist through their first year.

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