The Effects of Psychological Adjustment on First-Year Students: A Case of the University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba (HP) Campus

Abstract

This study investigated the psychological adjustment issues that first-year students encounter at the University of Namibia's Hifikepunye Pohamba (HP) campus, as well as its impact on academic achievement. The study sought to explore the psychological adjustment issues that first-year students had, how these challenges affected their academic performance and the techniques they used to overcome those challenges. Data from eighty students (80) were collected, analysed, and integrated using a mixed methods approach based on the convergent parallel design. The methodology included focus group discussions and a web-based survey with closed and open-ended questions. The study used concurrent data-collecting method to better understand the challenges that students face, their tactics for overcoming these challenges, and the consequences for their academic endeavours. The data show that students encountered a variety of psychological and academic issues, such as self-harming, sadness, anxiety, and stress. Students also reported poor attention, difficulty participating in class discussions, frequent forgetfulness, recognizing a drop in academic performance, feeling unhappy when attending classes, missing classes, and experiencing memory loss. The statistics imply that psychological adjustment has a considerable impact on first-year students' academic success. These findings have significant implications for university management, emphasizing the need to restructure operational processes to improve stability, dependability, and effectiveness. Universities can improve overall academic achievements and foster better conditions for learning by addressing psychological adjustment difficulties and promoting student well-being.



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Anna Niitembu Hako, University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus, Namibia
Prisca Tautiko Shikongo, University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus, Namibia
Genesia Shipena, University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus, Namibia
Ina Asino, University of Namibia, Oshakati Campus, Namibia

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Counselling

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To cite this article:
Hako A., Shikongo P., Shipena G., & Asino I. (2024) The Effects of Psychological Adjustment on First-Year Students: A Case of the University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba (HP) Campus ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.31
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.31


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