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Psychological Distress, Family Support and Employment Status in First-Year University Students in Spain

Abstract: Mental disorders are consistently and closely related to psychological distress. At the start of the university period, the relationship between a student's psychological distress, family support, and employment status is not well-known. The aims of this study were: To determine the prevalence of psychological distress in first-year university students and to analyze its relationship with family support and the student's employment status. Data from 4166 first-year university students from nine universities across Spain were considered. The prevalence of psychological distress was obtained using the GHQ-12, a valid and reliable screening tool to detect poor mental health. To analyze the relationship between psychological distress, family support, and employment status, logistic regression models were fitted. Regarding the prevalence found, 46.9% of men and 54.2% of women had psychological distress. In both genders, psychological distress levels increased as family support decreased. Among women, psychological distress was associated with their employment status. The prevalence of psychological distress among first-year university students in Spain is high. In addition, family support, and employment status for women, could be factors to take into account when developing psychological distress prevention strategies at the beginning of the university period.

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 Fuente: Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Apr 4;16(7). pii: E1209

Editorial: MDPI

 Año de publicación: 2019

Nº de páginas: 11

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16071209

ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

Url de la publicación: https://www.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16071209

Autores/as

ARIAS-DE LA TORRE, JORGE

FERNÁNDEZ-VILLA, TANIA

MOLINA, ANTONIO JOSÉ

AMEZCUA-PRIETO, CARMEN

MATEOS, RAMONA

CANCELA, JOSÉ MARÍA

DELGADO-RODRÍGUEZ, MIGUEL

ORTÍZ-MONCADA, ROCÍO

ALGUACIL, JUAN

REDONDO, SUSANA

MORALES-SUÁREZ-VARELA, MARÍA

BLÁZQUEZ ABELLÁN, GEMMA

JIMÉNEZ MEJÍAS, ELADIO

FÉLIX VALERO, LUIS

AYÁN, CARLOS

VILORIO-MARQUÉS, LAURA

OLMEDO-REQUENA, ROCÍO

MARTÍN, VICENTE