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Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

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The Importance of College Roommate Relationships: A Review and Systemic Conceptualization

Sarah E. Erb
  • George Mason University
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/ Keith D. Renshaw
  • George Mason University
/ Jerome L. Short
  • George Mason University
/ Jeffrey W. Pollard
  • George Mason University
Published Online: 2014-01-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsarp-2014-0004


This article reviews empirical studies of the role of college roommate relationships in students’ mental health and college adjustment. We propose a systemic conceptualization of roommate relationships that highlights roommates’ interdependence and origins of roommate relationship dynamics. We discuss practice implications for student affairs professionals, provide a case example, and offer recommendations for future research.

Published Online: 2014-01-31

Published in Print: 2014-02-01

Citation Information: Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Volume 51, Issue 1, Pages 43–55, ISSN (Online) 1949-6605, ISSN (Print) 1949-6591, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsarp-2014-0004, January 2014

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