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Psychological distress among students from five universities in Sri Lanka

Show simple item record Kuruppuarachchi, K.A.L.A. en_US Kuruppuarachchi, K.A.J.M. en_US Wijerathne, S. en_US Williams, S.S. en_US 2014-10-29T09:19:45Z 2014-10-29T09:19:45Z 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2002; 47(1): pp.13-15 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 (Print) en_US
dc.description Indexed in MEDLINE
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the proportion of university students that are psychologically distressed when compared to an age and sex matched population sample and to describe the factors that may contribute to their distress. DESIGN: A cross-sectional comparison study. METHODS: The general health questionnaire (GHQ 30), previously validated in Sinhala, was administered as a screening test to random samples of undergraduates in 5 universities. Age and sex matched controls from the respective communities were also administered the screening test. The undergraduates also filled in a pre-tested questionnaire with personal details. Chi-square tests were used to determine statistical significance between groups. RESULTS: Among the undergraduates, 104 (39.8%) had scores for psychological distress whereas only 67 (25.7%) from the community sample had scores for similar distress. This difference was significant (p = 0.0007). A significantly greater proportion (p = 0.009) of those entering from rural schools were psychologically distressed than those from suburban and urban schools, and a greater proportion living in rented rooms and hostels were (p = 0.001) distressed than those travelling from their homes. CONCLUSIONS: The psychological distress among undergraduates was significantly greater than among the general population. More students who enter from rural schools seem to be distressed than those who enter from suburban and urban schools. en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Universities en_US
dc.subject Stress, Psychological-epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Stress, Psychological-etiology en_US
dc.subject Students-psychology en_US
dc.subject Cross-Sectional Studies en_US
dc.subject Risk Factors en_US
dc.title Psychological distress among students from five universities in Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.department Psychiatry en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US

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