Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Pa Der Vang, Ph. D., LICSW, LCSW


Social Work


Literature identifies the barriers single parent students face in persisting and attaining postsecondary education; however, research is still quite limited specifically on the role conflict these students face and the direct impact role conflict has on mental health and retention. The author of this study analyzed data from a quantitative, anonymous online survey with single parent students who attend the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and receive support services from the Student Parent HELP Center at the University. The study found a trend between role conflict and retention of single parent students; however, the finding was not significant. These findings provide valuable information for University retention policy as well as support services provided by social workers. More research is needed to further examine the issue of role conflict on student’s mental health and postsecondary retention.

Included in

Social Work Commons