Carolina C.A.R.E.S. (College Assessment for Research and Education in Science)

at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The purpose of Carolina C.A.R.E.S. is to examine mental health in college students and what factors contribute to how well students do during their college years. Starting college is a major milestone associated with a lot of big life transitions. For many students, this is an exciting time, filled with new opportunities. However, the college years are harder for some students. For some individuals, this period can be a high-risk time for the development of problems associated with emotional and mental health. We want to understand what factors contribute to these outcomes for UNC students.

Carolina C.A.R.E.S. invites all first-year UNC students (who are at least 18-years old) to participate during their first fall semester enrolled at UNC. Participation entails completing an online survey about personality, mood, anxiety, eating behaviors and food availability, substance use, and life experiences. The survey takes approximately 45-minutes to complete. From this information, we want to understand what factors contribute to emotional and mental health outcomes for UNC students.

Students who participate in Carolina C.A.R.E.S. during their first fall semester will be asked to complete additional surveys so that we may also understand how emotional and mental health changes over the course of college.

Additionally, research is an important part of all universities, and at UNC in particular, Carolina C.A.R.E.S. is an opportunity for UNC students to get involved in the research process. Carolina C.A.R.E.S. has four main themes/aims: research, training, education, and community.

Carolina C.A.R.E.S. launched its first survey in Fall 2017, so we are in the beginning stages of the research study. Therefore, we are currently focused on building our research and training aims. As we grow, we will be able to begin building on education and community.

If you have been contacted to join Carolina C.A.R.E.S., please note that as with any research study, participation is completely voluntary. You do not have to complete the survey if you do not want to. All information collected in the survey will be kept confidential and anonymous. We also will not share any individual student’s information with parents, the university, or any other university affiliates.