November 1964

Mental Health in an Urban Commuter University

Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Health Science and Director of Health Service, University of Illinois.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(5):472-483. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720290014003

Introduction  Psychiatric problems of college students have been extensively discussed in a number of publications in recent years.1-4 However, nearly all these publications have dealt with the types of psychopathology seen in students at residential colleges (particularly the ivy league schools). Perhaps nearly half of the four million students in college today attend a commuter school, living at home rather than at the school. The commuter students are a neglected group from the point of view of psychiatric study.The report by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry on the college student,5 in 1955, like most books and articles on the college student, was obviously attuned to the needs and problems of the residential student. However, this report did recognize the unique nature of the commuter student by stating that the number of nonresidential students has been growing rapidly in recent decades, but

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