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Exploratory study of major negative experiences in university students

  • Horita Ryo
    Health Administration Center, Gifu University
  • Sugie Masashi
    Division of Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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  • 大学生における重大なネガティブ体験についての探索的検討
  • ダイガクセイ ニ オケル ジュウダイ ナ ネガティブ タイケン ニ ツイテ ノ タンサクテキ ケントウ

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An exploratory investigation was conducted with university students regarding major negative events experienced by them, and the correlation between these events with accompanying emotions. University students (N=94) responded to an open-ended questionnaire. The negative events that they experienced were categorized using the KJ method into the following areas: (1) academic life/career, (2) human relations, (3) extracurricular activities/sports (4) losses, (5) disasters, (6) crime victimization, and (7) illness/injury. Then, Hayashi's Quantification Method III was applied to major negative events and accompanying emotions. Results indicated that major negative events experienced in extracurricular activities and sports were correlated with frustration and anger, those in academic life/career path and human relations were correlated with sadness, disasters with resignation, and loss with surprise. There was no correlation between experiences of crime victimization with any emotion. This research presents a frame of reference for investigating experiences of major negative events.


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