International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 5:285-304, 2005. Paper abstract bibtex
This descriptive transversal study presents a research about the psychological adjustment and personal experience of first-year students at the University. The first goal was to analyse if psychological symptoms and difficulties in problem solving skills manifested by these students are related. Secondly we were interested in analysing if these dimensions are, each of them, related to the presence of implicative dilemmas. Forty eight students completed a Kelly Repertory grid technique, the SCL-90-R, and a Problems Solving Inventory. Results showed that difficulties in problems solving skills were associated with highest levels of psychological symptoms. However, associations between implicative dilemmas and psychological symptoms, on one hand, and problem solving skills, on the other, were not significant. Still they were on the expected direction. Implications of these results for understanding the challenges of transition to University in psychological adjustment of students are discussed.