The focus of this research was to explore the psychological adaptation of college and university students. First, the differences of psychological adaptation between the college students with and without disabilities were examined. Then, I explored the differences of psychological adaptation of regular students and disabled students by demographic variables respectively. A sample of 1,407 undergraduate students was taken from 75 universities. All participants completed a demographic information sheet and the College
Students' Psychological Adaptation Scale. The result showed that the typically developing students scored higher in each index of adaptation than their peers with disabilities did except the index of selfconfidence and competence. Besides, all demographic variables, gender, academic area, and grade, would make no effect on psychological adaptation of students with disabilities. However, gender and academic area, would make significant differences on some indexes of psychological adaptation for students without disabilities. The study provided implications for future to explore the relationship between psychological adaptation and demographic variables, discover critical variables regarding psychological adaptation for undergraduates, develop instruments to identify the needs in college students with disabilities, and develop support programs that enable college students to enrich their learning experience and life at campus.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017

  • Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0212
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada