Mintz: Are college students more fragile than they used to be?

May 1, 2019

Steven Mintz suggests that today’s college students are not necessarily more psychologically frail than their predecessors, but that they are dealing with novel social and emotional pressures. According to Mintz, diversity on campus has increased the likelihood of encountering classmates with dissenting or conflicting experiences of the world, while pressure from parents and market instability have contributed to a greater incidence of anxiety and depression. These contextual factors, in turn, are exacerbated by the cognitive changes that young adults undergo. Mintz adds that postsecondary institutions need to develop new strategies to help students negotiate the psychological and social challenges specific to this moment. Inside Higher Ed (International)