Psychological distress and mental disorders in university students: Do they differ from the general population?

Keane, Ellie (2011). Psychological distress and mental disorders in university students: Do they differ from the general population? Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Keane, Ellie
Thesis Title Psychological distress and mental disorders in university students: Do they differ from the general population?
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Helen Stallman
Total pages 70
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary This thesis interprets and quantitatively investigates the levels of psychological distress and mental disorders of students by comparing results with those experienced by the general population, and in doing so, complements existing literature. Two separate studies have been utilised to explore the mental health of students. In study one, differences between the student population and the general population were identified using data from the 1997 and 2007 National Surveys of Mental Health and Wellbeing (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1998; 2008), while also exploring differences in levels of psychological distress and mental disorders, disability, alcohol use, help-seeking behaviour, and suicidal behaviours. Study one also addressed whether psychological distress and diagnoses had increased from 1997 to 2007 and whether this differed between the populations. In study two, a convenience sample of individuals was used to validate prior research, investigating the most prominent domains thought to cause stress for university students. Several hypotheses were tested, and results partially supported them. The first main finding was that students had higher levels of psychological distress compared to the general population. The second main finding was that psychological distress did not differ between 1997 and 2007, but particular disorders fluctuated in prevalence. The final finding revealed that study two partially validated prior research on the stress of university students. Other results and implications will be discussed.
Keyword Psychological distress
Mental disorders
Student population compared with general population

 
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