The project team will chair a symposium on student mental health. This symposium aims to bring to light some of the mental health challenges faced by individuals both in the lead up to, and during, their time at university. The studies in this symposium will use a variety of methodological approaches and draw on samples from multiple countries to offer a thorough exploration of the issues that some students experience.
Presentation 1: Student mental health: the view from history
In the first presentation, Dr Sarah Crook will establish the importance of focusing on student mental health by providing a historical perspective of the issue. This backdrop will help to inform our current understandings of the topic.
Presentation 2: Academic Pressures and Mental Distress During Adolescence: Associations with Participation in Higher Education
In the second presentation, the StudentWellLives project team will explore whether mental health problems during adolescence impact on the likelihood of young people attending university, as well as the type of university they go to.
Presentation 3: Mental health challenges associated with adaptation and acculturation among international students studying in Scotland
In the third presentation, Dr Nicola Cogan and colleagues will investigate some of the mental health challenges experienced by international students as they adapt to studying in a new country.
Presentation 4: University student mental health over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from the U-Flourish study
Finally, Professor Anne Duffy and colleagues will bring us up-to-date on the matter by looking at students’ mental health outcomes over the course of the pandemic.
The Discussant, Amy Zile from SMaRteN, will end the symposium by synthesising the implications of the papers to highlight ways forward for dealing with this ongoing issue.
Kieran gave a talk entitled ‘The impacts of social inequalities and the university environment on student wellbeing’.
Anesa and Kieran gave a talk entitled ‘Longitudinal effects of mental wellbeing of young people entering university’. Abstract can be found here.
Anesa and Kieran gave a talk entitled ‘Impacts of adolescent mental health, social identity, and the university environment on the life outcomes of students and graduates’. Abstract can be found here.
Anesa and Kieran gave a talk entitled ‘Student wellbeing and life outcomes: The roles of social identity and the university environment’. Abstract can be found here.
Kieran presented on the methods used in the project as a quantitative methods case study for students on the psychology foundation year programme at the University of Surrey.
Kieran presented on the intersectional multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (MAIHDA) approach used in the project.
Kieran presented an overview of the project covering the background, research questions, analytical approach and planned impact.
In the first presentation for the Student Wellbeing & Life Outcomes Project, Kieran presented an overview of the project covering the background, research questions, analytical approach and planned impact.
Kieran presented a conference paper entitled ‘Impacts of adolescent mental health, social identity, and university attendance on mental health during emerging adulthood: Intersectional multilevel analyses of a national cohort study’.