How do personality, life events, and gender interact to affect college adjustment?
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Research has suggested that people who are high in certain dispositional personality traits like Extraversion, Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience are better able to adapt to the stress that comes with the transition into college. Conversely, persons low in Emotional Stability (Neuroticism) have been shown to demonstrate poor social and emotional development, higher rates of anxiety and depression in college, and steeper attrition rates. As a college diploma has become the springboard for success in our society, resiliency research has begun to focus on how negative life ...