How To Succeed in College/Mental Health
College can be a tumultuous time when it comes to relationships. Many students have relationships, but many of those relationships are unhealthy. One study found that 44.7% of college students reported having experienced violence in a relationship. Of those, 27.7 reported emotional violence, 24.9% reported sexual violence, and 20.9% reported physical violence; 51.8% experienced 1 type of violence, 31.9% experienced 2 types of violence, and 16.2% experienced all 3 types of violence. Not all of this violence occurred during college; in fact, most reported greater violence prior to college. Of the victims: 46.2% were victims before college only, 31.3% were victims before and during college, and 22.5% were victims during college only. Most physical and emotional violence is perpetrated by the victim’s partner, followed by friends or acquaintances and strangers. By comparison, victims of sexual violence reported the perpetrators to be distributed equally among partners, friends and acquaintances. Relationship violence is never okay; college students should be aware that this is a possibility and should take advantage of on campus counseling services if something like this occurs.
College may be fun, but is it the happiest time in your life? According to some research, women feel most confident with their body shape and love life at 28. At 30, they start worrying about wrinkles and grey hair. However, women are happiest with their careers at 29 and most content with relationships at 30. At 32 they are at ease with their home and family life financially are happiest at age 33. These findings would suggest that women may be happier just after the typical age at which they attend college.
- Forke, Christine M., Rachel K. Myers, Marina Catallozzi, and Donald F. Schwarz. 2008. “Relationship Violence Among Female and Male College Undergraduate Students.” Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 162(7):634-641.