An Abstract of a Longitudinal Study on Student Well-Being

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1 Walker (2009) A Longitudinal Study on the Psychological Well-Being of College Students Charles J. Walker St. Bonaventure University August 6, 2009 Abstract An inventory on the psychological well-being of college students was developed then given to a cohort of students in their freshman, sophomore and senior years. Overall, the well-being of students steadily improved. The largest improvements were in the social relations with staff and faculty, and with personal competencies such as self-discipline and academic skills. However, declines were also observed in health habits and spiritual practices. These results have implications for colleges interested in strengthening the well- being of their students. Poster presented at the 117 th convention of the American Psychological Association, 2009. The author can be contacted at the Department of Psychology, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY, 14778. More information on the Inventory of Learning Climate and Student Well-Being is available at wellbeingincollege.org
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2 Walker (2009) A Longitudinal Study on the Psychological Well-Being of College Students In accord with theories of psychological well-being (Ryff, 1995; Keyes, 2007) an inventory on student well-being was created and refined, then used to monitor the mental health of a class of students over four years at a major regional university. The inventory included dimensions on goals, autonomy, environmental mastery, spirituality, healthiness, and social relationships as well as perceptions of curricular and extracurricular learning environments. The
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