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EDAD 650 Topic Paper

Depression Among Graduate Students

Holly Tripp

on 2 May 2010

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Transcript of EDAD 650 Topic Paper

Double click anywhere & add an idea Depression it affects millions of people it affects how you feel, think, and behave; it can lead to
a variety of emotional and physical problems.
it can take hold of anybody
students teachers mom brother grandparents celebrities children Graduate Students Who are they? it may be a lifelong struggle, or last just a few weeks

age, gender, sexual orientation, situational problems,
chemical imbalances, etc. can play a role 1.9 million grad students in America Future business, education, and government leaders Sacrifice a way of life Perfectionists High achievers Performance Preparation People (achievement) (for positions of responsibility, leadership, and influence) (short-term relationships for networking and climbing academic ladder long-term relationships for emotional acceptance and support) PRESSURE Graduate students = high risk of depression Driven by... pastor dad girlfriend boyfriend best friend Driven by... Delayed Gratification Financial responsibility Leisure activities = guilt = social isolation & self-reliant relationship problems Career Influence Graduate students are in a position of powerlessness Success Social Rank Theory Involuntary Subordination Less social support Social engagements become more structured Quality of interactions may change Difficulties relating to friends outside of graduate school Competitiveness within programs Racial Identity/cultural differences Sexual Identity Gender Pre-existing mental disorders Life situations Student-advisor relationship depression is an adaptive response to losing rank The Graduate Grind by Hinchey & Kimmel (2000) Advocates for reform in graduate environment

taken advantage of exploited by faculty, supervisors, and institution unauthorized
use of research overemphasis on ranking intentional and unintentional oppression power
inequalities What can we do? Recognize predictors and behaviors Advocate for more resources and programs Know when/where to refer Make connections with other departments Educate students Encourage time-management social-support PhinisheD
recognize when "good enough is good enough Delworth's AISP Model disturbed disturbed/disturbing disturbing
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