Barriers and Challenges of Female Adult Students Enrolled in Higher Education: A Literature Review

  •  Xi Lin    


The present study is a review of the literature concerning the barriers and challenges of female adult students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. Findings indicated that the commitments of multiple roles, lower level of self-confidence, and insufficient family and social support were the most significant variables related to the barriers and challenges of this population. Suggestions and implications of assisting this student group are discussed. The purpose of the current study is to raise people’s awareness and to understand the difficulties female adult students endure. It is also expected that family, peers, schools, and communities will offer more help to this special student group.

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