Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Introduction: Adjustment is an essential element for each individual to lead life well. It is the way in which a person adapts with his or her environment. The college atmosphere plays an important role in developing psychosocial wellbeing and helping in promoting mental health of the students. Objectives: The study is aimed at assessing correlation on adjustment, perceived safety, and mental wellbeing among professional college students. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in different professional colleges of Manipal University, using descriptive correlative study design. Cluster sampling was adopted for selecting the professional colleges and the further batches. Thus, 339 students were included in the present study. The instruments used for data collection were, socio demographic proforma, student adjustment scale, student perceived safety scale, and Warwick Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale. Results: Findings revealed that among 339 students, 335 (99%) had moderate adjustment and none of them had poor adjustment. Majority of the students had moderate perceived safety 229 (68%), whereas 110 (32%) had high perceived safety. Majority of the students had moderate high mental wellbeing 192 (56.64%), most of them had moderate mental wellbeing 137 (40.42%), and 10 (2.94%) had low mental wellbeing. A significant relationship was found between adjustment and perceived safety (r= .492, p= .01), adjustment and mental wellbeing (r= .608, p= .001) and perceived safety and mental wellbeing (r=.429, p= .01). Conclusion: Adolescents are at a sensitive period of their life, and hence it is important that they are in a safe environment that enhance their adjustment and mental wellbeing. The findings have an implication for parents and other significant professionals, who need to help students to adapt well to their academic environment.

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