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New mtvU & Associated Press Poll Shows How Stress, the Economy & Other Factors are Affecting College Students' Mental Health
Date:5/21/2009

Over 60 Percent of College Seniors Worried They Won't Land a Job After Graduation, Nearly 1 in 5 Students Have a Parent Who Lost a Job This Year, and 1 in 3 College Students Changed Major or Chose Grad School in Response to the Recession

NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As millions of college students graduate college this year, mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network and The Associated Press today revealed the results of a new poll examining the emotional health of college students as they face a global recession and a receding job market, finding that more than half of college seniors are worried they won't be able to secure a job after graduation.

The study finds that although financial pressures are a major source of daily stress, they do not surpass worries about academic performance. The economy has definitely taken a toll with concerns about finding a job ranking high among stressors, and intensified struggles reported by the almost one in five students whose parents have experienced job loss. Additionally, an alarming number of college students are struggling with mental health issues, but many are not actively seeking out the help that they need. Despite all of this, young people are generally happier than they were last year, are adapting to their environment by switching their majors, going to graduate school or making other proactive changes in their lives, and maintain positive attitudes about the value of their college experience.

The mtvU and Associated Press study follows a month of on-air and online mtvU programming exploring how college students are impacted by increasing financial pressures as part of mtvU and The Jed Foundation's ongoing "Half of Us" campaign. A similar study examining the impact of stress, mental h
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