Mental Health Problems and Related Factors in Ecuadorian College Students
AbstractAlthough the mental health problems of college students have been the subject of increasing research, there are no studies about its prevalence in Ecuadorian college students. The aim of this study was to determine the mental health problems and their associated factors in Ecuadorian freshmen university students. A sample of 1092 students (53.7% women; mean age = 18.3 years) were recruited from the Technical Particular University of Loja (Ecuador). Socio-demographic, academic, and clinical characteristics were gathered, as well as information on the participants’ mental health through a number of mental health screens. Prevalence of positive screens was 6.2% for prevalence of major depressive episodes, 0.02% for generalized anxiety disorders, 2.2% for panic disorders, 32.0% for eating disorders, 13.1% for suicidal risk. Mental health problems were significantly associated with sex, area of study, self-esteem, social support, personality and histories of mental health problems. The findings offer a starting point for identifying useful factors to target prevention and intervention strategies aimed at university students. View Full-Text
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Torres, C.; Otero, P.; Bustamante, B.; Blanco, V.; Díaz, O.; Vázquez, F.L. Mental Health Problems and Related Factors in Ecuadorian College Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 530.
Torres C, Otero P, Bustamante B, Blanco V, Díaz O, Vázquez FL. Mental Health Problems and Related Factors in Ecuadorian College Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(5):530.Chicago/Turabian Style
Torres, Claudia; Otero, Patricia; Bustamante, Byron; Blanco, Vanessa; Díaz, Olga; Vázquez, Fernando L. 2017. "Mental Health Problems and Related Factors in Ecuadorian College Students." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 5: 530.