The GenTIC team is participating in the XI International Congress of Psychology and Education  (CIPE), which will be held in Valencia on 26-28 June 2023. With the theme “Psychological Well-being and Digitization: The Great Challenge of Psychology Today”, the event will address the concerns of professionals and scientists regarding the short, medium and long term consequences of the pandemic on the development of children and youth who have experienced these circumstances.


The director of GenTIC, Milagros Sáinz, and Beatriz López, GenTIC research assistant, will present the communication titled “Gender differences in psychological well-being and health among young people enrolled in higher education” at the event. The transition to higher education involves significant personal changes and challenges for young people, often resulting in issues related to health and psychological well-being. This is especially relevant when considering the access of female and male students to higher education which are contrary to traditional gender roles. Despite the relevance of this topic, there is a scarcity of research analyzing it within the Spanish context. Milagros Sáinz and Beatriz López will present the results of a study that has analyzed gender differences of 232 young individuals (63% female) in various indicators, including general health, life satisfaction, and the three dimensions of academic burnout (exhaustion with academic work, cynicism towards the university’s purpose, and lack of adaptation to the academic environment), based on the chosen field of study.


The study participants took part in an online survey. 40% were enrolled in university degrees related to Social and Legal Sciences, 24.6% to Experimental and Health Sciences, 20.1% to Architecture and Technology, and 15.1% to Arts and Humanities. Multivariate analysis of variance suggested that participants enrolled in Architecture and Technology, and Experimental and Health Sciences studies are more exhausted with academic work and feel worse adapted to the academic context than other students. Similarly, female students enrolled in Architecture and Technology studies and male students enrolled in Experimental Sciences and Health studies perceive themselves to be less well-adapted to the academic context.


Have a look at the program here.


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