First-generation students' sense of belonging, mental health, and use of counseling services at public research universities

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Abstract

This study explored 1st-generation students' sense of belonging, mental health status, and use of mental health services in comparison to non-1st-generation students. Using the Student Experience in the Research University multi-institutional survey, the authors found that 1st-generation students tended to report lower ratings of belonging, greater levels of depression/stress, and lower use of services compared to non-1st-generation students. Implications for college counselors and suggestions for future inquiry are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-20
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of College Counseling
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • belonging
  • engagement
  • first-generation student

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