Predictors of medication use among university students

Killen, Brodi (2012). Predictors of medication use among university students Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Killen, Brodi
Thesis Title Predictors of medication use among university students
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Helen Stallman
Total pages 75
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Prescription medication use is an under researched area, especially in regards to university students. It is important however to investigate this population because they are the future professionals, workers and officials of our community, and as such their good health is imperative. This study continued research into the effects of psychological distress and therapeutic alliance on a student’s use of prescription medication, as well as explored the influence of general well-being, perceived effectiveness and patients expectations on the intentions and actions surrounding the behaviour. Thirty two university students completed a survey assessing their therapeutic alliance with their doctor, general well-being and psychological functioning, as well as their intentions to fill their prescription. a follow-up survey was issued seven days later. It was predicted that students who had greater satisfaction with their therapeutic alliance would be more likely to fill the prescription, while those with higher psychological distress would be less likely to fill the prescription. Results supported the hypotheses with therapeutic alliance and psychological distress impacting a student’s decision to fill the prescription. Exploratory analyses found general well-being and whether a student’s expectations were met or not, did not influence a student’s medication use. Factors which were found to impact intentions towards medication use were therapeutic alliance and psychological distress, while perceived effectiveness was found to moderate the relationship between therapeutic alliance and filling the prescription.
Keyword Predictors of medication
University students

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