Moving up, feeling down: Socioemotional health during the transition into college

Citation

Skalamera Olson, Julie (2016). Moving up, feeling down: Socioemotional health during the transition into college. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA: American Sociological Association.

Abstract

Moving from high school to college is a critical juncture in socioemotional health, and how young people fare likely depends on their academic settings and experiences. To examine variation in trajectories of depressive symptomatology across the transition from high school into college, this study applied growth mixture modeling to data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which revealed multiple patterns of symptomatology over time that ranged from healthy to unhealthy. Adolescents appeared to have the healthiest trajectories when they experienced consistently competitive academic settings in high school and college. Overall, transitioning into college was a period of socioemotional vulnerability for some and well-being for others, but challenging curricula and contexts across this transition could differentiate between the two.

Reference Type

Conference proceeding

Book Title

Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

Author(s)

Skalamera Olson, Julie

Year Published

2016

Publisher

American Sociological Association

City of Publication

Seattle, WA

Reference ID

7994