Adaptation to university by Nigerian university students

Ten subjects out of a sample of 870 Nigerian university freshmen students initially studied in September 1976 were interviewed over two years later in order to identify factors contributing to their adaptation to university. The results show that certain pre-university factors and the students’ experience in the university were the major factors affecting student adaptation. The pre-university factors included health history and personality characteristics such as a tendency to worry and ability to make friends. University experiences affecting adaptation to university consisted of sharing rooms with other students, on-campus living as opposed to off-campus living, overcrowding in classrooms, health status and the learning opportunities provided by the university. Mood, interests, object relations, self-esteem, goal-directed behavior, and impulse control are the major aspects of adaptation dealt with in this study. – App., fig., ref., sum. also in French, tab.

Title: Adaptation to university by Nigerian university students
Author: Jedege, R. Olukayode
Year: 1983
Periodical: Psychopathologie africaine
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Pages: 211-230
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Subject: students
Abstract: Ten subjects out of a sample of 870 Nigerian university freshmen students initially studied in September 1976 were interviewed over two years later in order to identify factors contributing to their adaptation to university. The results show that certain pre-university factors and the students’ experience in the university were the major factors affecting student adaptation. The pre-university factors included health history and personality characteristics such as a tendency to worry and ability to make friends. University experiences affecting adaptation to university consisted of sharing rooms with other students, on-campus living as opposed to off-campus living, overcrowding in classrooms, health status and the learning opportunities provided by the university. Mood, interests, object relations, self-esteem, goal-directed behavior, and impulse control are the major aspects of adaptation dealt with in this study. – App., fig., ref., sum. also in French, tab.