Description: So to continue with the upbeat theme of students and stress, the articles linked below focus on the impact of traumatic events, such as personal or family serious illness or the death of a loved one on members of the College and University student population. The web article suggests ways in which faculty and students can help students cope with traumatic life events all the research articles cited below focus more on the incidence and the consequences of traumatic events experienced by undergraduate students
Source: When the unexpected happens: What can students and professors do to help students in crisis successfully balance work and life stressors? Monitor on Psychology,
Date: July/August 2015
Photo Credit: American psychological Association
Links: Article Links — When the unexpected happens: What can students and professors do to help students in crisis successfully balance work and life stressors? Monitor on Psychology, 46(7), 42.
The day-to-day stress that builds over a typical term at college or university is one thing, but adding into that the stress and demands of a traumatic life event such as a serious illness or the death of a loved one can add exponentially to the burden carried by undergraduate students. The articles cited in this post focus on events such as these and examine their impacts as well as making recommendations for ways in which professors and fellow students to assist those students cope with such events.
Questions for Discussion:
- What sorts of events might be considered to be particularly traumatic or stressful when added to a typical undergraduate term load and what sorts of things might we do to help students cope with such events?
- What sorts of things would you recommend that colleges and universities do in order to assist students coping with traumatic life events?
- According to the research articles cited below, what are some of the ways in which college students seem to cope with traumatic life events and it is very over the first three years of college or university?
- What are some of the factors that mediate (influence) the level of distress observed following experience of a potentially traumatic event?
References (Read Further):
Shallcross, Sandra L.; Frazier, Patricia A.; Anders, Samantha L. (2014) Social resources mediate the relations between attachment dimensions and distress following potentially traumatic events. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 61(3), Jul 2014, 352-362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036583
Read, Jennifer P.; Griffin, Melissa J.; Wardell, Jeffrey D.; Ouimette, Paige (2014) Coping, PTSD symptoms, and alcohol involvement in trauma-exposed college students in the first three years of college. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 28(4), Dec 2014, 1052-1064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038348