A preliminary assessment of adjustment disorder among first-year college students.
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Archives of psychiatric nursing, ISSN: 1532-8228, Vol: 23, Issue: 3, Page: 220-30
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- Nursing; Counseling Psychology; Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Psychology
Using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria, we investigated whether the diagnosis adjustment disorder (AD) described first-year college students' adjustment problems. We found that a substantial portion of students experienced a set of adjustment symptoms meeting the AD criteria. Another portion of students reported adjustment concerns that were problematic but did not meet the AD diagnosis threshold. Female students tended to report more symptoms than do male students. College counseling implications are presented.