Law student stress: relationships between academic demands, social isolation, career pressure, study/life imbalance and adjustment outcomes in law students

Bergin, Adele and Pakenham, Kenneth (2014) Law student stress: relationships between academic demands, social isolation, career pressure, study/life imbalance and adjustment outcomes in law students. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 22 3: 388-406. doi:10.1080/13218719.2014.960026


Author Bergin, Adele
Pakenham, Kenneth
Title Law student stress: relationships between academic demands, social isolation, career pressure, study/life imbalance and adjustment outcomes in law students
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1934-1687
1321-8719
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2014.960026
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 388
End page 406
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Although Australian law students report elevated distress compared with community norms and other student groups, few studies have examined the relationships between perceived stress in law school and adjustment in law students. A total of 647 Australian law students completed the purpose-built Law Student Perceived Stress Scale (LSPSS). Analyses indicated that the LSPSS was psychometrically sound and measured four dimensions of law school stress: academic demands, social isolation, career pressure and study/life imbalance. Regression analyses on a subsample (n = 481) indicated that higher scores on each dimension were related to higher depression and anxiety symptoms. Social isolation was related to reduced life satisfaction and psychological well-being across all dimensions. Further analysis indicated that the majority of law students reported Moderate to Extremely Severe symptoms of depression (53%) and anxiety (54%). Practice implications, including the need to promote social connectedness in law schools, are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 11 Nov 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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