A recent article by Ellie Bothwell of Times Higher Education found that scholars at lower-ranking universities experience poorer psychological well-being than their counterparts at more prestigious institutions.
The finding was in contrast to the common perception that the pressure of working or studying in an elite higher education institution may result in a poor mental health.
Scholars at lower-ranking universities may suffer from higher levels of guilt and helplessness when experiencing academic setbacks, according to the study. They may also suffer higher levels of social withdrawal or wishful thinking. Staff at lower-ranked universities also tended to have higher teaching loads.
The study also found out that graduate students studying at lower-ranked universities were more likely to have a poor work-life balance and to blame external factors when experiencing academic setbacks.
The article iis based on a survey by nearly 3,000 academics and graduate students from around the world, according to researcher Nathan Hall, associate professor in the department of educational and counselling psychology at McGill University.
The full article may be found here.