The Psychology Of Student Wellness: Relationships, Detractors And Exam Anxiety

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Dr.. Gregory Perreault, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Recent reports on university student wellness expose a disturbing trend. Students indicate heightened depression and anxiety, with a decrease in healthy lifestyle behaviors. The most significant inhibitors to wellness were related to university activities, in conjunction with low levels of motivation. Melnyk, Hoying, Slevin, and McGovern (2015) conducted baseline studies among health science students in graduate school: one quarter (25.6%) reported symptoms of depression, 4.3% had suicidal ideation, and 22.6% perceived elevated anxiety. Students suffer through a confluence of stressors such as full-time jobs, rigorous college courses, family issues, lack of academic preparedness, and financial issues (Barefoot, 2004). Each stressor can affect overall quality of life, academic performance, student retention, quality of relationships, and health. An increasing proportion of the student population reach out for counseling, many reporting an increasing number of issues and higher severity of mental and emotional repercussions. Understanding the underlying perception of wellness has influenced the delivery of services in university communities (Prince, 2015).

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Mueller, T. & Perreault, G. (2019). The Psychology of Student Wellness: Relationships, Detractors and Exam Anxiety. Journal of Higher Education Management, 34, (1). Pages 42-52. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2019
student wellness, exam anxiety, lifestyle behaviors, college students, depression, emotional support, stressors

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