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ERIC Number: EJ792807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1055-6699
Correlates and Predictors of Depression in College Students: Results from the Spring 2000 National College Health Assessment
Leino, E. Victor; Kisch, Jeremy
American Journal of Health Education, v36 n2 p66-74 Mar-Apr 2005
The present analyses used depression-related items and co-factors from the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), Spring 2000. The results indicate 10.3 % of college students (6.2% male and 12.6% female) reported ever having been diagnosed with depression. Of those ever diagnosed with depression, 39% were diagnosed in the last year, 27% were currently in therapy, and 34% were currently taking medication for depression. Results from the logistic regression analyses demonstrated that female, white, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, or those students in an emotionally abusive relationship were predictive for having ever been diagnosed with depression and current diagnosis for depression. Results also demonstrated that health educators and student health center medical staff are rated by college students as the most believable sources of health information. Health educators are on the first line of defense, along with medical professionals, for conveying believable health information. Health educators should be aware of the proportion of college students having ever been diagnosed with depression, inform students of the symptoms of depression, and encourage students to seek help from appropriate campus and community services. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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