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Study: College Can Be Tough on a Woman's Self-Confidence

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A college education has a particular unintended drawback for women and it happens to be a big one.

A study from Boston College found that women have less self-confidence when they graduate as seniors than they did when they started as freshmen.

The conclusion was drawn after studying surveys taken during the first and fourth years of college.

In attempting to explain the finding, Maria Pascucci, who founded the national organization Campus Calm, says that women feel pressure to be perfect, calling it "a glorified and socially acceptable form of self-abuse."

Meanwhile at Boston College, Abbey Clark, who runs the female-empowerment group I AM THAT GIRL, says her organizations offer a "safe space" for college students that allows women to discuss their concerns about body image, relationships, family dynamics and finding one's passions.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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