A systematic review of studies of depression prevalence in university students

IBRAHIM, Ahmed K., KELLY, Shona J., ADAMS, Clive E. and GLAZEBROOK, Cris (2013). A systematic review of studies of depression prevalence in university students. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47 (3), 391-400.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.11.015
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Background - Depression is a common health problem, ranking third after cardiac and respiratory diseases as a major cause of disability. There is evidence to suggest that university students are at higher risk of depression, despite being a socially advantaged population, but the reported rates have shown wide variability across settings.

Purpose - To explore the prevalence of depression in university students.

Method - PubMed, PsycINFO, BioMed Central and Medline were searched to identify studies published between 1990 and 2010 reporting on depression prevalence among university students. Searches used a combination of the terms depression, depressive symptoms, depressive disorders, prevalence, university students, college students, undergraduate students, adolescents and/or young adults. Studies were evaluated with a quality rating.

Results - Twenty-four articles were identified that met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Reported prevalence rates ranged from 10% to 85% with a weighted mean prevalence of 30.6%.

Conclusions - The results suggest that university students experience rates of depression that are substantially higher than those found in the general population. Study quality has not improved since 1990.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.11.015
Depositing User: Shona Kelly
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 14:16
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 17:51
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6652

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