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University Counseling Center (UCC)
Helping Distressed or Distressing Students
What You Should Know About Student Problems
Stress, pressures, and problems are a normal part of college life. While many students cope with these demands successfully, a significant number of students have difficulties which interfere with their performance.
Studies indicate that in a group of 100 students with equal numbers of men and women, at least:
30 students will have divorced parents
15 students will have a substance-abusing parent
10 students will themselves have a substance abuse problem
10 students will suffer from discernible emotional problems like depression, anxiety, and other more serious conditions
15 female students will be victims of rape or sexual abuse
6 female students will have an eating disorder
4 male students will be victims of sexual abuse
3 female (traditional age) students will become pregnant during their college years
An even greater number of students experience developmental problems in adjusting to college life and adulthood, such as defining identity, relating to others, and identifying educational goals.
The more common difficulties in adjustment as well as more serious emotional problems affect students' academic performance, personal effectiveness, and the quality of life in the campus community.
Thus, identifying students in need of help and assisting them in getting help are important responsibilities for all of us in the campus community.