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Mental Health and Academic Performance of First-Generation College Students and Continuing-Generation College Students

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In the following literature review, first-generation college students will be compared to continuing-generation college students in relation to the challenges that affect their mental health and their academic performance. Many of the studies conducted in higher education show thatfirst-generation students are more likely to: experience symptoms of depression, higher levels of stress, lower levels of life satisfaction, and a decreased sense of belonging in higher educationinstitutions. There can be a possible correlation between mental health and academic performance of students. While there is some research on this demographic, there is still more to be discovered about them. However, the existing literature reveals a great need for resources thathelp serve the needs of first-generation students.

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