Student Transitions and Mental Health: Literature Review and Synthesis


Waning mental health and resilience in the post-secondary student population is a growing concern across North American institutions, these concerns have only been compounded further by the added stressors associated with the Covid 19 pandemic. Transitioning into post-secondary brings with it a variety of interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges that often reciprocally influence each other. Successful adaptation to such challenges is equally influenced by demographic (e.g., impacts of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) and institutional factors (e.g., the provision and efficacy of health-related services and programming on campus). A thorough literature review and synthesis was conducted examining post-secondary student mental health. Attention was given to post-secondary mental health, help seeking, demographic, and institutional characteristics. The scope of this literature review focused on the North American context. Future directions for research and practice are drawn from the findings. Institutions need to focus on initiatives intended to improve campus climate and service utilization amongst their students. Health care providers, administrators, and educators are challenged to provide evidence-based, health-related services that meet the unique needs of their student population.

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Ashley Curtis, Carleton University, Canada
Anomi Bearden, Red Deer Polytechnic, Canada
Jamie Prowse Turner, Red Deer Polytechnic, Canada

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Counselling

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Curtis A., Bearden A., & Turner J. (2023) Student Transitions and Mental Health: Literature Review and Synthesis ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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