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Leaving the nest : are there differences between residence hall and commuter students and male and female students?

Suchocki, John, T. author ;Cohen, Ralph S. thesis advisor


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  • Title:
    Leaving the nest : are there differences between residence hall and commuter students and male and female students?
  • Author/Creator: Suchocki, John, T. author
  • Cohen, Ralph S. thesis advisor; Central Connecticut State University. Department of Health and Human Service Professions.
  • Creation Date: 1996
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: [2], 52 leaves ; 29 cm.; paper 29 cm. ink typescript.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 47-51).
  • Subjects: Counseling in higher education; College students -- Psychology; Commuting college students; College freshmen; Residence and education
  • Description: Do residence hall students and commuters and male and female students enter counseling with different presenting concerns? Numerous research studies have been performed to measure the differences between these groups of students on university campuses. These differences are also evident at university counseling centers and services. Based on these studies, it was hypothesized that residents would identify schoolwork issues as a problem while commuters would identify family and relational issues. Next, it was hypothesized that females would identify depression and anxiety more than males. Also, they would seek counseling more often than them. Most of the previous data shows that residence hall students and commuters often come from different family backgrounds. Some of these dissimilarities include socioeconomic status, educational level of the parents, and values and belief systems of the families. Next, similar to residence hall students and commuters, males and females often enter college with different values and expectations. To test additional differences, the 246 students who attended the campus counseling services at a large public university in Southern New England were asked to complete an intake form. This personal data sheet gave the clients an opportunity to identify any problems and/or concerns that they wanted to discuss confidentially in counseling. Consistent with previous findings, females and residence hall students sought the on-campus counseling services more often than expected by their proportions in the entire student population. Regarding the living status of the students, residence hall students identified parental and/or family relationship concern more than commuters. However, commuters identified eating problems more than residents. Next, female students identified a relationship problem with their parents and families more often than males. Males, on the other hand, identified a concern of shyness and being assertive more than females. Chi square (x2) tests of significance were performed to analyze the data in this research project. Implications of the findings, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 47-51).
  • Degree Granted: M.S. Central Connecticut State University 1996
  • OCLC Number: 36141114