The interplay between psychological well-being, university adjustment and previous experience of traumatic events



It was shown that traumatic event that happened long ago does not have univocal connection with the current condition (intensity of post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression), adjustment (as personality trait in general) and university adaptation. Psychological well-being is not only a result of good adjustment, but at first contributes to socio-psychological adaptation of a person being connected with the way of perception and appraisal of life events. Psychological well-being is a part of adjustment potential and also reflects the level of adaptation. The most stressful events are death and/or serious illness of close others, or abuse. Special characteristics of students are described in the paper depending on the intensity of their suicidal thoughts. It is shown that the intensity of suicidal thoughts is connected with characteristics of psychological well-being showing itself in current condition, adjustment (as personality trait), university adaptation and choice of defense strategies.

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Keywords: psychological well-being, social and psychological adaptation, traumatic event, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, students

Journal rubric: Psychological Counseling

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Miller L.V. The interplay between psychological well-being, university adjustment and previous experience of traumatic events [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2014. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 155–168. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2014060118. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Ludmila V. Miller, PhD in Psychology, leading researcher Center of Urgent Psychological Aid, associate Professor of the Department of scientific bases of extreme psychology of the faculty of extreme psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, senior researcher of the Department of suicide, Moscow research Institute of psychiatry of the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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