March 1973

Transience vs Continuance of Disturbances in College Freshmen

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Mental Health Section of the New York University Health Service and the Department of Psychiatry of the New York University Medical Center, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(3):412-417. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750330090015

Clinic records of 27 of 44 freshmen who visited a college mental health service suggested a psychiatric disturbance during the students' high school years. Of the remaining 17 students, 15 were seen in follow-up interviews four to five years after their clinic visits. Twelve of the 15 were judged to have significant psychiatric difficulties extending well beyond the freshman year. The authors take issue with the notion that the typical student visiting the college mental health clinic is well and undergoing only transient situational or developmental problems.