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Grief experiences of first-year women students in the transition to college: Implications for individual and systemic interventions


Author(s): Gold, J. M., Miller, M., & Rotholz, J.

Citation: Gold, J. M., Miller, M., & Rotholz, J. (2001). Grief experiences of first-year women students in the transition to college: Implications for individual and systemic interventions. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 13(2), 37-54.

 

Abstract

This study investigated the interaction of systemic and existential grief issues in first-semester, female college students. In-state students who had not visited home experienced more severe grief responses. A comparison of the grieving responses of returners and non-returners to college after the first semester found high grievers earned significantly lower fall GPAs and returned to campus for spring semester in fewer numbers. High grievers, regardless of ethnicity, evidenced greater sense of pessimism and more pronounced external locus of control for their lives.

 

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