distressed college students

A lot of factors may cause a students’ distress, and itseffects negatively impacts their school performance making them being unable tofocus and concentrate which decrease their level of competency. According toLambert, J. et al. (2014), phenomenon like natural disasters and terrorattacks, or those events that are not controlled by the students are some ofthe major reasons of their distress.

Philips & Herlihy (2009) supported theclaim and they said that natural disasters and devastations may greatly impactschool campuses anywhere.  Advancement ofmedia technology has a huge contribution to this because it has been a mediumfor students’ exposure to traumatic events as it is instantly reported in thenews media which provide virtual closeness to what’s happening around the globe(DeRoma et al., 2003; Lindsey, Fugere, & Chan, 2007). Furthermore, Kim(2016) stated that besides from natural disasters and terrorism, some examplesof traumatic events that also significantly affected a person’s distress aredeath of a family member, parental abandonment, domestic abuse, rape andserious illness. These circumstances were no doubt been experienced by many ofthe students across the globe.

Due to these traumatic events, students developsigns and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute StressDisorder (ACD), depression and other cases of mental distress that are at a highlevel of increasing risk rate (Hawdon & Ryan, 2012).         According toIijima (1998), among the students general population, law students are the onewho have been experiencing a great amount of dysfunctional distress. They weremore dysfunctional in all categories of psychiatric distress than that of thegeneral public and medical students. Shanfield & Benjamin (1985) proved theclaim as they conduct a study comparing medical and law students’ psychologicaldistress. They found out that law students were more uncertain to their careerand they lack commitment with the legal education, which may be a factor oftheir distress.

Law students’ distress become constant and been sustained asthey progress through their legal education. However Iijima’s study opposed,she stated that law students became dysfunctional few months after they startedlaw school and experiences increased dysfunction as they progress through theirlegal education. Further more 

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