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Qualitative Research ProposalThe role of mental health in first-generation college studentsPSY 7860 – Survey of Research MethodsTaliilagi Viliamu
Introduction•Statement of the Problem•As a first-generation college student (FGCS), mental health plays an importantrole in the success of completing and remaining in school, as it has beendocumented that they can experience psychosocial and emotional challenges ofbeing enrolled in a higher institution for learning (Frost et al., 2020). Accordingto Kivlighan et al. (2021), “nearly half of full-time, degree-seeking collegestudents do not receive their degree within 6 years... It has been estimated that20% of FGCS, undergraduate students do not complete their second semester ofcollege, and 40% of all college students do not earn a degree.”
Introduction Continued•Purpose of the Study•The purpose of this study is to determine the interventions and/or preventative strategies to help FGCS succeed inreceiving their collegiate degrees. It is seen that 30-50% of college students reported that they were diagnosed with ortreated for at least one psychiatric disorder, as college can affect a wide range of mental health problems (Shea et al.,2019). According to Frost et al. (2020), ”recent data has noted 30% increase in demand for mental health services oncollege campuses.” For FGCS, it has been reported that they have shown higher levels of distress alongside low usageof the psychological services provided compared to continuing-generation college students (Garriott et al., 2017).•Research Question•Does seeking mental health counseling assist FGCS in the successof completing college?
Procedures•Philosophical Assumptions or worldview•As the purpose of this study is to understand the effects of seeking mental health counseling as FGCS, a constructivism worldview perspective is best toutilize. From this perspective, “individuals develop subjective meanings of their experiences…meanings are varied and multiple, leading the researcherto look for the complexity of views rather than narrowing meanings into a few categories or ideas” (Creswell & Creswell, 2017). This gives theparticipants a change to explain why or why not they believe seeking mental health will assist in the success of completing and receiving their degree.