College and its effects on HomesicknessPaper Rating: Word Count: 587 Approx Pages: 2
The transition from living at home to college is looked upon as a positive event in a student's life. Along with this new environment comes a loss of the old and more comfortable surroundings. Homesickness is a separation reaction akin to grief, where the individual concentrates on what is missed from the old environment. Homesickness can be defined by a sense of loneliness, depression, emotional distress and a preoccupation with and longing for home (Archer, 1998). This separation reaction can lead to a lack of concentration and ability to perform, along with absent-mindedness and cognitive failures. Therefore, homesickness can ultimately influences a student's level of success in adapting to his or her new life (Urani, 2003).
In 1998, psychologists Kazantzis and Flett studied the effects of homesickness due to family cohesion. Family cohesiveness is t