Giving Compass' Take:
- Hallie Busta discusses how student-parents are more likely than their peers without kids to experience stressors that put them at a greater risk for developing mental health issues.
- How has the pandemic worsened the stressors facing student-parents? What can colleges do to increase affordable mental health support for student-parents?
- Read more about increasing support for student-parents.
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A lack of data on student-parents, specifically, inspired the study, said Sara Gorman, director of research and knowledge dissemination at the Jed Foundation, during a webinar Wednesday.
Just over one in five undergraduates are parents, the researchers found. These students are more likely to be women, and particularly women of color, according to data from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
For the latest study, the researchers pulled data from several sources, including the Healthy Minds Network's 2020 study data, the National College Health Assessment and the Hope Center’s 2020 RealCollege Survey. They also polled 1,022 students at U.S. colleges this past winter and interviewed 25 student-parents last fall.
While all student-parents were more likely to consider dropping out of school in the prior 30 days than nonparents, the researchers' survey found that those ages 18 to 29 and those receiving financial aid said so at higher rates. Younger student-parents were also more likely than older students with children to report feeling nervous, hopeless and worthless.
Older student-parents, meanwhile, "demonstrated a degree of resilience that was not always evident even in their nonparenting counterparts," the researchers wrote.
Read the full article about supporting student-parents by Hallie Busta at Higher Ed Dive.