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A study of adjustment amongst first generation entrants to higher education

Sumner, L., Ralley, R., Pressler, Shirley J. and Hornby Atkinson, P. (2004) A study of adjustment amongst first generation entrants to higher education. Proceedings of the British psychological society, 12 (2). p. 150. ISSN 1350-472X

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Objectives: To explore the impact of a range of psychosocial factors on the subjective experience of new entrants to Higher Education.
Design: A longitudinal study which combines convergent qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Methods: A cohort of first generation H.E. students completed health related measures, including, measures of coping, subjective well-being, self-efficacy, self-esteem and social support. Students also wrote narrative accounts in order to capture the broader experiences related to entry to Higher Education more fully.
Analysis: Scores on the range of structured measures were calculated and examined in relation to social background and themes emerging from the students’ individual narrative accounts.
Conclusion: In the cohort explored, particular profiles of coping strategies including clusters of negative and positive coping strategies emerged. In addition there are contrasts between the experience of this group and students who have familial experience of Higher Education. These are discussed in conjunction with themes identified in the discourse. Psychology reveals potential vulnerabilities in the widening of participation in Higher Education and we discuss how good practice can be informed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Imperial College, London, April 2004
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:06


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