Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Students at the University of Arizona are more than feeling the strain of the recession. A longitudinal study—the Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students, or APLUS—by the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences is following the financial attitudes and behaviors of more than 2,000 freshmen. Launched in spring 2008, the study, led by Soyeon Shim, Norton School director and by researcher Joyce Serido, project director and co-principal investigator, started just before the current recession.

"We have a historically unprecedented opportunity to study how global economic events can affect young adults' well-being and their future financial behavior," Shim said. "At a time when young people should be developing a sense of trust in the larger community, they are confronting skepticism in the wake of economic uncertainty and concern for the future well-being of the country as well as their own financial futures."

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