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Mental Health and Academic Success in College (2009)

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Using a random longitudinal sample, this first of its kind study attempts to determine the extent that student mental health is a forecaster of academic success. Controlling for previous academic performance and other variables, they found that depression is related to a higher likelihood of dropping out and is an important predictor of a lower GPA. Further, they found that the relationship between academic outcomes and depression was strongest in students with co-occurring anxiety. They also found lower GPA’s in students with eating disorder symptoms.

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