An experiential report: IPA of undergraduate experiences of anxiety, and the help students receive to cope at university
Dare, Kerry Ann
MetadataShow full item record
Background and aims: Approximately 450 million people worldwide suffer from a mental health disorder (World Health Report, 2001) and undergraduate students are noted as being a population that are particularly vulnerable to such disorders as anxiety (Eisenberg et al, 2007). Previous research has considered what causes anxiety amongst undergraduate students (Ross et al, 1999) and how they cope with such anxiety (Altunay et al, 2013). Research has predominantly adopted a quantitative methodology. Towbes and Cohen (1996) suggest that anxiety amongst undergraduates is most prevalent during the transition to university and research has indicated this anxiety can be reduced through workshops/activities put on by universities (Peat et al, 2000). Following these findings, it is important to consider whether universities are helping students ease their anxiety through such resources, and additionally to consider whether students think that universities have a responsibility to look after their well fare. The current study aimed to examine this through semi structured interviews with 3rd year Psychology students, reflecting retrospectively on their experiences during the transition to university. Method: A qualitative design was applied and semi-structured interviews we used to gain data. Six undergraduate students partook in the study (M=2, F=8) and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse the data. Results: Six themes that were identified were: 1st year of uni – mixed emotions and attributed factors, expectations vs. reality, coping mechanisms, lack of preparedness, strategies to improve mental well-being during the 1st year of university and importance of tackling anxiety. Conclusion: Participants attributed their anxiety during first year, to meeting new people and an increase in workload. They also commented that social support structures were pivotal for coping with anxiety. Participants stated that the university and their previous educational institutes had a part to play in their anxiety. They stated that there was a miss match in the expectations and reality of going to university, which was due to a lack of preparation in sixth form/college. They also stated that the university did not accommodate their needs during the transition, via workshops or activities and commented on a lack of awareness of the resources available at the university. All participants stated that it should be the universities’ responsibility to care for their well-being as students have to pay a fee to go to university.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
A Research Project to Identify Effective Coping Strategies that Enhance Resilience to Anxiety in Students Hore, Alexander James (2013)1.1 Background Students transitioning to university face a variety of new experiences that can cause an extreme amount of stress (Welle, 2011). However, not all students react in the same way to stress (Welle, 2011). It ...
Preparedness of final year speech and language therapy students and newly qualified therapists for safeguarding following undergraduate level training Gibbon, Sarah (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014)Objective: To investigate preparedness of final year speech and language therapy students and newly qualified therapists for safeguarding following undergraduate level training. Design: An online questionnaire survey ...
Identification and Critical Analysis of Factors Affecting Consumer loyalty to Sportswear Brands: A Focus on undergraduate sport students Jones, Reece (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2013)The purpose of this research is to identify and critically analyse factors affecting consumer loyalty to sportswear brands, amongst undergraduate sports student in a University in Wales. The study uses a mixed methodology ...