Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
This study explored the experiences of University of Northern Iowa students with asthma and the need for additional support for students with asthma, particularly regarding policy and cultural change. This study is significant because 9.1% of college students reported having asthmatic conditions in 2016 (Mullins et al., 2017). Many researchers have found that students with asthma are more likely to miss school and work, have increased rates of distress and anxiety, and decreased quality of life. Therefore, asthma can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. Transitioning from high school to college can be a stressful change even under the best of circumstances. For those with asthma, these stressors may also include anxiousness about medications and overall disease management along with the typical factors including making friends, stress, differing sleep schedules, and loneliness. The benefit of this study will be to gather information from UNI students regarding their opinion on the need for a policy or program to help students with asthma make the transition from high school as smooth as possible taking into account these extra factors. This is significant for school officials in order to create policies to benefit students with asthma and make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.
Date of Award
School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2018 Meghan Hirsch
Hirsch, Meghan June, "The effect of asthma on transitions to college: An exploratory study" (2018). Honors Program Theses. 320.