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Negative Social Experiences of University and College Students
Canadian Journal of Higher Education
  • Paul Tremblay, University of Western Ontario
  • Roma Harris, University of Western Ontario
  • Helene Berman, University of Western Ontario
  • Barb MacQuarrie, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Gail Hutchinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Mary Ann Smith, Fanshawe College
  • Susan Braley, Fanshawe College
  • Jennifer Jelley, Centre for Addiciton and Mental Health
  • Kristen Dearlove, University of Western Ontario
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In this article we investigate Canadian university and college students' interpersonal conflicts and exposure to abuse and violence during their postsecondary studies and assess the emotional, social, and academic impact of these experiences. Our findings, based on a sample 1174 university and college students in Southwestern Ontario, revealed that although most of the incidents reported were verbal in nature and had relatively little emotional or academic impact, a small proportion of students reported experiencing serious violent incidents including sexual assault or rape, and these incidents have had a significant impact on their lives. Female students living on their own reported greater impact of negative social experiences than those who were living in college or university residences. In addition, students who reported conflicts involving institutional policies or rules, including what they perceived to be unfair workloads or grading practices, indicated that such experiences had a negative impact on their academic performance. We discuss these findings in the context of maintaining safe, healthy climates on university and college campuses.

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Paul Tremblay, Roma Harris, Helene Berman, Barb MacQuarrie, et al.. "Negative Social Experiences of University and College Students" Canadian Journal of Higher Education Vol. 38 Iss. 3 (2008) p. 57 - 75
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