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ERIC Number: EJ1140055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
Correlates of Depression in First-Year College Students
Villatte, Aude; Marcotte, Diane; Potvin, Alexandra
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v47 n1 p114-136 2017
This study aimed to identify and rank the personal, family-related, social, and academic correlates of depressive symptoms in first-year college students. A questionnaire that included the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) was administered to 389 first-year college students (mean age = 18.9; SD = 3.38; 59.4% female). Eight variables contributed uniquely to the variance of depressive symptoms and were, in decreasing order of importance: (1) the absence of personal goals, (2) a high level of anxiety and (3) of dysfunctional thoughts regarding success, (4) a lack of emotional adjustment to college, (5) being female, (6) receiving little warmth and encouragement of autonomy from one's mother and (7) from one's father, and (8) being attracted to members of the same or both sexes. These results suggest that a multimodal intervention is required to support students' mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory; Family Environment Scale; Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire; Beck Anxiety Inventory
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