Examining the relationships between resilience, mental health, and academic persistence in undergraduate college students

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Abstract

Objective: In this study, the relationships between measures of interpersonal resilience, intrapersonal resilience, and mental health were examined with respect to academic and social integration, key determinants of academic persistence. Participants: A sample (n = 605) of undergraduate students was recruited from 2 midwestern universities during the 2007-2008 academic year. Methods: Hierarchal (or sequential) regression analysis examined whether the inter-and intrapersonal resilience and mental health measures contributed to explaining variance in the response variables of university cumulative grade point average (GPA) and university sense of belonging. Results: The intrapersonal resilience factors contributed to explaining variance in cumulative GPA in addition to aptitude and achievement. Furthermore, there was a strong statistical correlation between the inter-and intrapersonal resilience factors and mental health. Conclusions: The demands in college are significant and there is a need for more research on the concept of resilience as it relates to college health and academic persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-604
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume59
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Academic persistence
  • college
  • counseling
  • mental health
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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