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Mental Health and Academic Outcomes: Evidence from Honors College Students

Eric Osborne-Christenson; Anna Shostya; Jackie Kopel; Mohini Gobin

Abstract:  This paper explores the relationship between mental health and post-secondary student outcomes. To do this, we rely on a unique dataset with information on honors students’ academic performance and their mental health. Results suggest that reporting a mental health event during college has a large, negative effect on cumulative college grade point average and the probability a student is in good academic standing. Additionally, the effect size is larger for both outcomes for students who began school after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Mental Health, Education, COVID-19

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