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Anxiety and depression in a sample of UK college students: a study of prevalence, comorbidity, and quality of life

Jenkins, P. E., Ducker, I., Gooding, R., James, M. and Rutter-Eley, E. (2020) Anxiety and depression in a sample of UK college students: a study of prevalence, comorbidity, and quality of life. Journal of American College Health. ISSN 1940-3208

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1709474

Abstract/Summary

Objective: This study sought to estimate the prevalence of depression and anxiety in UK college students and examine associations between mental health symptoms and quality of life (QoL). Associations between psychiatric comorbidity and degree of QoL impairment were also investigated. Participants: Participants (N = 286) were recruited from a UK university (76.1% ≤20 years-old; 86.8% female; 71.1% White). Methods: Self-report measures of depression, anxiety, and QoL were completed online. Group differences and within-group associations were examined with Chi-square analyses, linear regressions, and ANOVAs. Results: Prevalence rates were in line with global estimates and suggest female students are at elevated risk of mental health problems. Symptom severity and comorbidity were associated with greater QoL impairment. Conclusions: Presence of depression, anxiety, or both was associated with QoL impairment. Findings develop understanding of the impact of mental health problems on QoL and could inform appropriate screening and effective interventions for student mental health.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:88148
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Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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