New research from Campus Labsa higher education data collection and software company, examined the noncognitive skills of first-generation students and compared them to their multigenerational peers, finding that first-generation students are more engaged and committed to their education. It says to me that first-generation students are coming in with an attitude that they are academically prepared and they can handle the work.
Abstract This study explored the perceptions of college students regarding the benefits of counseling, their willingness to seek counseling and specifically their willingness to engage in counseling relevant to relationship concerns. The findings revealed a greater willingness on the part of upperclassmen and graduate students to seek counseling, engage in couples counseling for relationship concerns and to discuss emotions and feelings.
In the specific area of couples counseling, female and European American participants were more likely to indicate a willingness to participate in couples counseling than male participants and participants identifying as members of racial minority groups.
Implications related to the findings are provided.
College Student Perceptions of Couples Counseling College is a time of development, transition and relationships Schulenberg et al.
As college students matriculate through classes, they are also engaged in progressive cognitive and emotional development Lovell, This process promotes greater complexity of thought and expression of emotion and can prove a tumultuous journey for some students Moore, As students attain higher levels of cognitive and emotional development, they become more self-aware while also engaging in a parallel process of connecting with others in complex and exciting ways.
Perry outlined a model of intellectual and ethical development comprised of nine levels along a continuum including: As students transition from dualism into multiplicity, stages 3 and 4, they become more accepting of alternative viewpoints and uncertainty.
As students advance in class rank, they also become more aware of the process of decision making and more reflective concerning relationships Baxter Magolda, The process of becoming more aware of differing opinions and perceptions, separateness, and interrelatedness with others encourages students to evaluate their personal relationships and can serve as a considerable source of stress for college students.
In the face of coming to terms with their connectedness and separateness with and from others and in confronting differing perceptions, Bishop, Bauer, and Becker reported that college students exhibit greater indicators of stress than ever before.
In a study of racial and ethnic minority undergraduates, Constantine, Chen, and Ceesay found that relationships with family members, depression, and relationships with romantic partners were the top three self-reported concerns.
In the face of multiple stressors, developmental transitions, and subsequently increasing psychological distress, contemporary college students may benefit from counseling opportunities on campus.
This reluctance of college students to seek counseling impedes access to mental health resources on campus, thus limiting the ability of college counselors to help these students with the stress, relationship issues and developmental concerns they encounter.
Thus, to better understand how to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to utilize counseling services available on campus to help with relationship concerns, individual stressors and developmental transitions, this study explored student perceptions of counseling.
The survey was conducted at a large southeastern university and involved both undergraduates and graduate students. Data were assessed and analyzed by class level in recognition of the developmental transitions facing students. An expanded discussion of scholarship relevant to the study is interwoven throughout the presentation of findings linking the results of this study and the current professional literature.
Methodology and Sample The data for this study involved a convenience sample of students undergraduates and 29 graduate students enrolled in on-campus classes at a large southeastern university. Though there were a minimal number of graduate students included in the sample, their responses were included to allow for further exploration of developmental shifts in response patterns.
Respondents completed the questionnaire anonymously and no identifying information or codes allowed the researcher to identify the respondents.
Items on the questionnaire were presented using a Likert-type scale ranging from 1-Strongly Agree to 5-Strongly Disagree.
Chi-square and correlational analyses were used to identify significant differences and relationships. The median age of respondents was 20 with a range of 17 to Over half of respondents were first year students Racial identification was Findings and Discussion Analysis of the data revealed significant differences between demographic groups in perceptions of the benefits of counseling, willingness to engage in counseling and perceptions of the benefits of counseling to specifically address relationship issues.
As the literature suggested that relationships were of primary concern for college students, the willingness of students to engage in counseling related to relationship issues may prove helpful in developing counseling strategies to assist students, thus this component was explored as well.
These findings are discussed in greater detail below. Differences within talking about feeling and expressing emotions. Upperclassmen, including junior and senior students, and graduate students reported being more comfortable talking about their feelings than students identifying as freshmen and sophomores.
Consequently, it is possible to predict that, developmentally students are likely to become increasingly comfortable talking about their feelings as indicated by the findings of this study.
Additionally, students identifying as upperclassmen and graduate students indicated greater comfort expressing their feelings than freshmen and sophomores. Related to the increased maturity of seniors and graduate students as theorized by KeganPerryand Chickering found that higher-ranking students e.
Mackenzie, Gekoski, and Knox found in their survey of adults from ages found that attitudes towards help seeking from professionals such as primary care physicians and mental health professionals became more positive with age.
Differences in willingness to discuss relationship issues with a counselor Seniors and graduate students surveyed were more willing than freshmen and sophomore students to see a counselor to discuss a relationship issue.learning how to manage on their own was absolutely essential for the college student; 68 percent felt similarly about students’ gaining ability to get along with people different from themselves.
Respondents to the Kellogg Forum survey “consistently spoke of higher education in terms of its private, economic benefits to the individual. Different Perceptions of Reality Myra Saturen, January 29, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?
black college students initiated Freedom Summer, a drive to register black voters and provide an alternative education to black children in Mississippi.
Participants in Freedom Summer, 90% of whom were recruited by. College Student Perceptions of Couples Counseling College is a time of development, transition and relationships (Schulenberg et al., ).
As college students matriculate through classes, they are also engaged in progressive cognitive and emotional development (Lovell, ).
May 27, · The present survey was designed to investigate the perception of health risks among college students in China. The data are the responses of a sample of 3, college students at one university to surveys that include measures of several dimensions of public judgments about fifteen specific hazards.
The national survey of America’s college students: The literacy of America’s college students. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research. self-serving biases and self-efficacy perceptions) for different forms of literacy, as well as investigating students’ attitudes toward application and importance of these forms of literacy.
New survey data challenge perceptions about first-generation college students, showing strong academic engagement and commitment to college.
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Popular perceptions of first-generation college students as being unsure about college and academically unprepared to succeed may not be true. or they may have a different way of thinking and need.