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We attempted to confirm the characteristics of the students who access counseling services using psychological tests and pulse rate variability (PRV) for better support for students’ academic success. We could confirm the characteristics of students who visited counseling rooms for mental support. We also found gender differences in the specificities. The educational system is changing rapidly to adjust to social requests. These changes make conflict with the features of students. We should think about appropriate support for the students who would pioneer the future of humanity.

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Mental health is an essential issue during adolescence. The number of students who use counseling services is increasing in universities.


The students who used counseling services had characteristics as follows: 1) lower power of Working Memory Index (WMI) despite high Full-Scale Intelligent Quotient (FSIQ), 2) higher autism spectrum disorder traits, especially in males, 3) lower resilience powers, 4) higher anxiety trait, 5) lower Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Role/social component in both male and female, 6) lower HRQOL in Mental component in male 7) shifting of autonomic nervous balance toward higher sympathetic activity.

Hiroaki Yoshikawa
Kanazawa Daigaku

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This page is a summary of: Characteristics of university students supported by counseling services: Analysis of psychological tests and pulse rate variability, PLoS ONE, August 2020, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218357.
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