CitationUecker, J. E. & Wilkinson, L. R. (2019). College Selectivity, Subjective Social Status, and Mental Health in Young Adulthood. Society and Mental Health. pp. 19
AbstractResearch on education and mental health has focused primarily on the benefits of higher levels of educational attainment. Other aspects of education, such as college selectivity, may also be associated with mental health, and higher subjective social status (SSS) is a potential pathway through which college selectivity and mental health could be linked. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this study (a) examines whether college selectivity influences mental health independent of objective measures of socioeconomic status and (b) assesses the role of SSS in this relationship. Among college graduates, attending a more selective college is associated with higher ratings of SSS, which in turn are associated with fewer depressive symptoms and lower perceived stress and anxiety. These findings contribute to our understanding of the role of college selectivity and SSS in the mental health of young adults.
NotesISI Document Delivery No.: IT9PD Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 58 Uecker, Jeremy E. Wilkinson, Lindsay R. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [P01-HD31921]; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [R01 HD040428-02]; National Science Foundation [REC-0126167]; Population Research Center - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Child Development [5 R24 HD042849]; Baylor University This research uses data from Add Health, a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis. This research also uses data from the AHAA study, which was funded by a grant (R01 HD040428-02, Chandra Muller, PI) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and a grant (REC-0126167, Chandra Muller, PI, and Pedro Reyes, Co-PI) from the National Science Foundation. This research was also supported by grant 5 R24 HD042849, Population Research Center, awarded to the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Child Development. Opinions reflect those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agencies. The first author gratefully acknowledges support from Baylor University in the form of a summer research sabbatical. 0 Sage publications inc Thousand oaks 2156-8731
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSociety and Mental Health
Author(s)Uecker, J. E.
Wilkinson, L. R.