Psychological counseling in Portuguese higher education: what are the students' needs?

Joana Carneiro Pinto*

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This study explores the counseling needs of students attending Portuguese higher education. Specifically, a convenience sample of 375 students was surveyed online with the Survey of Student Needs. Descriptive results indicated that "overcoming procrastination", "job search strategies" and "time management skills" were their main concerns. Inferential results indicated differences according to personal and academic information and present living conditions, particularly in regard to personal counseling needs. Also, a linear regression analysis found that gender, academic satisfaction and satisfaction with current living conditions had a predictive effect on counseling needs, and that students had a preference for individual counseling. Conclusions are drawn about the importance of developing interventions targeting specific clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalUniversitas Psychologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Needs assessment
  • Portuguese students
  • Psychological counseling
  • University


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