The effects of trauma in higher education

Sarah Allen, Nikki Carthy

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Previous trauma is a widespread issue in university students. Exposure to trauma can increase susceptibility to mental health issues, lead to difficulties with self-esteem and emotion regulation and impair the ability to persist with studies. The current study comprised of an online questionnaire to examine relationships between trauma, academic persistence, resilience and mental wellbeing in a sample of UK students. 75.6% reported at least one trauma, and increased trauma was associated with more mental health symptoms; higher perceived resilience and reduced academic persistence. Findings hope to inform policy and practice with regards to embedding trauma-informed approaches in higher education.


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