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Exploring Racial Variations and the Impact of Parental Attachments and Psychological Health among Diverse College Students

Deneia M.Thomas, Keisha M. Love, and Kenneth M. Tyler

2009 

  • The college experience can be stressful due to the many challenges that students face (Allen, 1992; Kalsner & Pistole, 2003). Such challenges include:
  • Striving for academic excellence, establishing friendships, making career decisions and establishing romantic relationships.
  • These stressors can be exasperated for students of color, which makes them more vulnerable to psychological distress (Rice, Cunningham & Young, 1997) .
  • Researchers should delineate factors that promote psychological health among college students, particularly students of color

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