A University-Wide Survey of Caregiving Students in the US: Individual Differences and Associations with Emotional and Academic Adjustment

Atlanta, GA, USA March 1 Prospective students and their parents take a college tour of the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

The United States does not track or support students in higher education who are caregivers. This study presents results from one of the first university-wide surveys of caregiving undergraduate and graduate students in the US to date. The study tested the viability of identifying caregiving students on university campuses, identified the demographics of caregiving students, and examined their experiences of emotional wellbeing and academic success. The authors recommend that US universities identify caregiving students needs and design policies to support their emotional health and educational success to help to reduce gender and socioeconomic disparities in educational opportunities and achievement.