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Depressive symptoms and social demographic, stress and health risk behaviour among university students in 26 low-, middle- and high income countries

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dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-01 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T16:29:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T16:29:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02-01 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1644
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and association between depressive symptoms, sociodemographic, social and health risk variables among undergraduate students in 26 low, middle and high income countries. Using anonymous questionnaires, data were collected from 20222 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.8, SD = 2.8) from 27 universities in 26 countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America. Overall study participants had a prevalence of 24.0% moderate and 12.8 % severe depressive symptoms. In multivariate logistic regression, demographic and social variables (being female gender, low organised religious activity, lack of social support and lack of personal control), stressful or traumatic life events (sexual violence and physical child abuse) and health risk behaviour (tobacco use, insufficient brushing of teeth, irregular sleep duration, increased salt intake, infrequent meals a day, heavy internet use and having sustained an injury) were associated with severe depressive symptoms. High rates of depressive symptoms were found. Several risk factors including social and health risk behaviour variables were identified which can be utilised in guiding interventions. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject UNIVERSITY STUDENTS en
dc.subject STRESS en
dc.title Depressive symptoms and social demographic, stress and health risk behaviour among university students in 26 low-, middle- and high income countries en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume September en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Abingdon, United Kingdom en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8983 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7775 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peltzer, K. & Pengpid, S. (2015) Depressive symptoms and social demographic, stress and health risk behaviour among university students in 26 low-, middle- and high income countries. <i>International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice</i>. September:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Pengpid, S. en


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