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This study examined the self-assessed health status of college freshmen at York University (Ontario, Canada), a large commuter university in metropolitan Toronto, through an end-of-year survey of 1,856 first-year students. Results were compared with responses of undergraduate students at six other Canadian universities and with findings from the 1991 Canadian Social Survey of the self-assessed health of the 18- to 24-year-old population in general. Results indicated that the self-assessed health of York first-year students was lower than that of Canadian undergraduates in general and lower than that of the general population in the 18- to 24-year age category. Possible reasons for this finding is that female students and those of Chinese origin tend to have lower self-evaluated health than other students, and that family, financial, and social stresses may also contribute to lower levels of self-assessed health. Among various first-year experiences, only involvement in sports and classroom involvement appeared to contribute to good self-assessed health. Tables and an appendix provide study details. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)

Descriptors: College Freshmen, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Health, Higher Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, Stress Variables, Student Experience, Tables (Data)

Institute for Social Research, York University, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ($12.50 Canadian dollars).

Author: Grayson, J. Paul


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