Calling students “coddled” is simplistic, harmful writes McGill professor

January 5, 2016

Current criticism of “coddled” university students often focuses on specific examples that do not do justice to the mental health difficulties faced by most of those enrolled in PSE, writes McGill University Assistant Professor of Psychology Rob Whitley. While many media pieces suggest that students are hypersensitive, Whitley contends that these pieces often neglect the many significant sources of stress that today’s students face, such as soaring debt, an increasingly precarious job market, and rising rent and housing prices, to name a few. Whitley adds that all of these stress factors are even more powerful for those students from less fortunate socioeconomic backgrounds, and he asks his readers to think twice before they broadly characterize an entire generation of students as coddled or oversensitive. Montreal Gazette