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Wellbeing, developmental crisis and residential status in the year after graduating from higher education: a 12-month longitudinal study

Wellbeing, developmental crisis and residential status in the year after graduating from higher education: a 12-month longitudinal study

Robinson, Oliver C. ORCID: 0000-0002-6758-2223, Cimporescu, Maria and Thompson, Trevor ORCID: 0000-0001-9880-782X (2020) Wellbeing, developmental crisis and residential status in the year after graduating from higher education: a 12-month longitudinal study. Journal of Adult Development. ISSN 1068-0667 (Print), 1573-3440 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-020-09361-1)

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Abstract

Graduating from higher education is characterized by a complex set of changes, including the transition into employment as well as residential changes and identity shifts. We explored how wellbeing and depressive symptoms are associated with retrospective appraisals of developmental crisis in the year after leaving university, and the impact of living with parents following graduation. Data were collected from graduates based in the UK over the course of the 12-months following completing an undergraduate degree, via a 3-phase longitudinal design. One third of the sample reported experiencing a developmental crisis within the year following university. Those who reported a crisis scored significantly lower on measures of environmental mastery across all time points and higher on measures of depression. Those living with parents scored significantly lower on measures of self-acceptance and autonomy and higher on measures of depression. In light of these findings, we conclude that interventions and targeted support to help students manage the psychological challenges of life after university should be developed and implemented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: graduates, longitudinal, depression, wellbeing, quarter-life crisis, residential status, psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 11:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29594

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