American college students are stressed out by politics
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Dec 4, 2018
American college students are stressed out by politics

A study by Arizona State University found that months after the 2016 US presidential election, some college students exhibited significant levels of stress, similar to those linked to PTSD. Both minorities and women were the worst affected, showing higher levels of stress than white college-aged males.

Researchers from Arizona State University surveyed students on how they felt about the election results and then had them fill out a psychological assessment test looking at the impact of an event on symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They found that one-in-four students showed significant levels of clinically defined stress. Black and hispanic students had higher levels than white ones, non-Christians higher than Christians, and female students scored 45% higher than males on the assessment. Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at the university and the lead author of the study says that for "a sizeable minority of college students, the election was associated with clinical levels of distress–levels of distress that are often seen in those who are at high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.”