Failed College Dreams Don't Spell Depression, Study Finds

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, March 20, 2010 0 comments
High school seniors, take note: A wise person once said, "It is better to shoot for the stars and miss than aim at the gutter and hit it."
That's right on, says Florida State University Sociology Professor John R. Reynolds, who just completed a study to determine whether unrealized educational expectations are associated with depression among adults. Reynolds also is the director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State.

He and co-author Chardie L. Baird, an assistant professor of sociology at Kansas State University, found no long-term emotional costs of aiming high and falling short when it comes to educational aspirations, despite several social psychological theories that would seem to suggest otherwise. The researchers' conclusion: Society should not discourage unpromising students who have dreams of earning a college degree.