Prevalence of mental health problems in Australian university health services

Stallman, Helen Margaret and Shochet, Ian (2009) Prevalence of mental health problems in Australian university health services. Australian Psychologist, 44 2: 122-127. doi:10.1080/00050060902733727

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Author Stallman, Helen Margaret
Shochet, Ian
Title Prevalence of mental health problems in Australian university health services
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00050060902733727
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 127
Total pages 6
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Psychologist
Language eng
Formatted abstract
General practice patients report greater mental health problems than the general population, and students attending one university health service have reported greater prevalence rates at the end of the academic year. This study assessed the overall prevalence rate of mental health problems in university students using a cross-sectional survey design of 1,168 students from three large, predominantly urban, Australian university health services. Approximately half of the students attending university health services reported elevated levels of psychological distress. The majority of severely distressed students had not sought any professional assistance for mental health problems. While there is scope for general practitioners to take a lead role in the identification of mental health problems in tertiary students, adequate treatment pathways need to be available. Implications for the role of universities in prevention work are discussed.
Keyword Academic learning and achievement
Clinical-counselling psychology
Mental health
Primary care
University students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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