Journal article

Exploring course experiences that predict psychological distress and mental wellbeing in Australian undergraduate and graduate coursework students

Wendy Larcombe, Chi Baik, Sue Finch

Higher Education Research & Development | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


University students are known to be at heightened risk among their peers for experiencing psychological distress and mental health difficulties. To date, there have been few interventions designed to reduce stressors in the educational environment. This may be due to limited research investigating course-related correlates of students’ distress. The present study addresses that gap by identifying and exploring the extent to which six common elements of coursework programmes predict students’ scores on measures of depression, anxiety, stress, wellbeing and satisfaction with life. It finds that the investigated coursework experiences account for more variance in students’ wellbeing scores than..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the students who participated in the present study; the Deans/Associate Deans of each participating faculty/school; the relevant student associations; and the University Counselling and Psychological Services. The research was funded by a grant from Chancellery, The University of Melbourne. We also thank the anonymous reviewers of an earlier version of this article for their careful and helpful suggestions for revision.