Tertiary Education and Management

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 309–320 | Cite as

Are There Any Gender Differences in the Perception of University Support During the Transition Period to Higher Education?

  • Hon Keung YauEmail author
  • Alison Lai Fong Cheng


The purpose of this study is to determine if there are gender differences in the perception of university support. The study is based on a survey of 368 students in a Hong Kong university. The findings of the study are threefold. First, female students perceive the university as being more supportive in their academic adjustment than do male students (t = −4.256, p < 0.001). Second, male students perceive the university as being more supportive in their social adjustment than do female students (t = 2.156, p < 0.05). Last, male students perceive the university as being more supportive in their psychological adjustment than do female students (t= 2.401, p < 0.05).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM)City University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherHong Kong

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