Presentation Type: Speech
Abstract: Background: Depression is a common mental disorder among students of medical sciences, especially among girls. These students are at risk for this disorder because the academic pressure, examination stress, acute emotional and social difficulties and general issues of growth and puberty. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of depression among female students of the LARESTAN School of Medical Sciences.
Methods: this is a descriptive-analytic study that carried out in LAR City. Participants in this study were students of the LARESTAN School of Medical Sciences that among this population, 59 girls with a mean age of 20.19 ± 1.06 were selected by the convenience sampling method. Instrument for data collection was Beck depression inventory. Data were analyzed by use of independent sample Ttest and linear regression test in SPSS 16 program.
Results: Numbers of operating room students and nursing students respectively, were 35.60% and 64.40%. The participants were aged 18-22 years old and more of them (32.20%) were 21 years old. All of the participants suffered from moderate to severe depression. The mean of students’ depression was 32.58 ± 1.05. The results of T-test showed no significant relationship between student field and their gender (P value= 0.681). Also, the results of linear regression test showed no significant relationship between age and level of depression, and between student’s semester and level of depression.
Conclusion: this study has shown that the prevalence of depression in females LARESTAN medical students is high and a similar trend has been seen in studies done around the globe. Therefore, depression may be a significant hidden problem in medical students and mechanisms to identify and help students with mental health problems should be seriously considered.