Academic pressures and mental distress during adolescence: associations with participation in higher education

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: and Hosein, Anesa and Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A. (2021) Academic pressures and mental distress during adolescence: associations with participation in higher education. In: Symposium Conducted at the International Conference on Research into Higher Education 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, 6 Dec - 10 Dec 2021, United Kingdom.

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Recent evidence suggests that adolescents with mental health issues are more likely to go on to attend university. Reasons for this point to academic pressures that may cause mental distress potentially being greater for those who plan to attend university. We aimed to investigate this hypothesis further by examining whether the extent to which mental distress is elevated relates to the selectivity of university that young people go on to attend. Logistic regression analyses were performed on survey responses from a nationally representative data set. Young people going on to more selective universities had elevated levels of mental distress at 15 and 17. By age 25, symptoms were no longer elevated for those who had attended either type of university. We argue that additional support needs to be provided during times that adolescents complete qualifications they perceive as being high-stakes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Virtual conference.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 05:11
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescence; mental distress; higher education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education

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