A quarter of [US] college students could develop PTSD because of the 2016 election

So read the headline in the Washington Post. Quote.

[…] With a team of researchers, [Melissa Hagan] surveyed 769 introductory psychology students at Arizona State University in January and February 2017, asking about their satisfaction with the 2016 election, whether they were upset about the outcome and whether the results of the race had affected their close relationships. End of quote.

Well, there’s your problem right there!  How about surveying some students in STEM courses?  I wager the results would be very different. Quote.

The results were published Monday in an article, “Event-related clinical distress in college students: Responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” in the Journal of American College Health, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed public health journal. The article finds that 25 percent of students had “clinically significant event-related distress,” which it argues can predict future distress as well as diagnoses of PTSD, commonly associated with veterans and defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.” End of quote.

What? Some snowflake students who were upset that they did not get their way in an election are suffering the same as veterans from war zones?  Gimme strength! Quote.

The research speaks to the personal toll of partisan battles, and it offers insight into the perspective of young Americans coming to political consciousness in the era of President Trump.

Hagan, the article’s lead author, said she believed it was the first of its kind examining an election’s psychological impact on college students. She was motivated to conduct the study by what she saw in her classes the day after Trump clinched the presidency.

Her students were “visibly upset,” she recalled in an interview. “Some were even crying.” They told her that they were scared and anxious about policies that had been discussed on the campaign trail, she said, as well as about the elevation of “a candidate who had an audio recording of him describing sexual assault.”

The analysis reveals that women, racial minorities, people from working and lower-middle social classes, Democrats, non-Christians and sexual minorities reported significantly more election-related distress. Accounting for connections among various factors, the most useful predictors of stress were sex, political party, religion and perceived impact of the election on close relationships — more so than race and social class. Controlling for party affiliation, other demographic factors still influenced stress symptoms. In other words, Hagan said, it wasn’t just a case of sore losers. End of quote.

Stop watching CNN and reading the Washington Post etc. Have a look at what is positive about life and stop focusing on the negatives. Quote.

The findings are in line with those of related surveys, such as a poll conducted in January 2017 by the American Psychological Association indicating that two-thirds of Americans were stressed about the future of the country. Seventy-six percent of Democrats said they were stressed, compared with 59 percent of Republicans — still a majority. The previous August, the APA added a question about the outcome of the election to its annual survey on stress to reflect what was on the minds of clients seeking counselling.

The 2016 election itself was not a trauma, Hagan said. The term implies the threat or actual experience of personal injury, and usually applies to events such as mass shootings or armed conflict. […] End of quote.

Well, that is comforting to know.

The article goes on, but you get the drift.

Harden up cupcakes, take a concrete pill, get a grip and move on.

For context: There are approx 20 million college students in the USA.  Based on this sample of 769 psychology students some academic decides 5 million are likely to suffer PTSD.  Yeah/Nah.

And a “peer-reviewed” journal printed it!


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