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Graduate mental health improves over time

Published: Wednesday, 14 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

University-leavers suffering from anger and depression have offered some words of comfort by a study claiming both conditions should decline once they have graduated.

Almost 600 graduates aged between 20 and 29 years old participated in a University of Alberta study aiming to discover trends in behavioural symptoms in the seven years following graduation.

Results have pointed to an improvement in mental health over time.
The study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, investigated how significant events in the life of a graduate such as leaving home and becoming a parent impacted upon depression and anger levels.

University of Alberta psychology professor Nancy Galambos said: "Some key events, such as leaving home, may throw emerging adults a little off kilter, depending on the timing of the transition."

The Mental Health Foundation describes anger as one of the most basic human emotions, but one linked to aggression, family breakdown and physical and mental health problems.

Where depression and associated conditions are concerned, the foundation encourages sufferers to keep active and communicate regularly with friends.

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