The Effects of Prior Schooling on the Transition to College
Many types of schooling are available for students across the United States. However, little is known about the psychological effects of each type of schooling in relation to the transition to college. This study examined relationships between social, emotional, and academic success of students during their transition to college. One hundred thirty eight college sophomores from public school, private school, and homeschool backgrounds were recruited. Students completed the study during the first semester of their sophomore year of college. Each survey contained items that assessed the student's depression and anxiety levels, quality of friendships, academics, and participation in extracurricular activities. Results found that differences between schooling types were absent, but students reported more mental health issues when expressing loneliness, lack of friendships, and low academic success.