Evaluating mental illness among college students

Implications for online students

Authors

  • Beverly Fierro, MS MA Independence University
  • Karin L. Detweiler, MA Independence University
  • Shelby L. Detweiler California State University, Los Angeles

Keywords:

mental illness, online students, mental health services, online education

Abstract

This article emphasizes the need to address mental health disorders among online learners. Online professors are noting an increase in self-reported issues with mental disorders among distance learners. The authors’ observations combined with research conducted in the past decade would indicate that the problem is pervasive and persistent. The autonomous nature of online learning may contribute to an increased reporting of mental health disorders. Students are impacted by both declined decision-making skills and cognition. There is a need for greater resources to assist students with mental disorders, as there is motivation towards self-improvement. Online educators can assist by teaching self-determination. Increased self-confidence will lead to improved retention.

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Published

2020-04-09

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Peer-Reviewed Articles