Evaluating The Mental Health Of The Students And Screen For Psychological And Psychiatric Disorders Such As Depression

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Out of a population of 900 students, 352 people participated in the survey. A total of 173 students or 51.8 percent of the participants had paid tuition fees. Of those who participated, 250 students had acquired monetary aid from their parents. Of those who borrowed money from their parents, 148 believed that the financial help caused unduly stress on their families (Ross, et al., 2006). A total of 34 student applied for financial hardships funds, with 15 receiving assistance. One hundred three students were employed, working a median of 11.5 hours per week. The number of hours worked did not affect debt or student performance (Ross, et al., 2006). The questionnaire included questions about basic demographics, debt, and income (Ross, et al., 2006). Investigators added a general health questionnaire (GHQ-12) to evaluate the mental health of the students and screen for psychological and psychiatric disorders such as depression (Ross, et al., 2006). This study is considered a within-subjects design, because it used the same group of students for all aspects of the study, and the group’s results were measured against themselves.
Researchers found relationships between psychological stress/distress, debt and performance. Out of 352 students the median outstanding debt amounted to €7300 (8286 U.S. dollars). Two hundred sixty-four students had student loan debt, the median amounting to €6000 (6810 U.S. dollars), and even fewer had credit card debt (Ross, et al.,…
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