Depression and Associated Risk Factors Among Medical and Allied Health Sciences Students of Southern Punjab, Pakistan
Aim: Depression is diagnosed mostly in medical and allied health sciences students and affects their study performance. The study was conducted to obtain the prevalence of depression of the students of a developing area. The study also aimed to find the socio-demographic variables that could be the cause of depression in students.
Method: A cross-sectional study was carried out in medical and allied health sciences students. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scale was analysis tool of depression. The participants with BDI scores of ≥ 17 were considered depressive. For statistical analysis, Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance were used.
Results: 40% of students that have participated in survey showed BDI scores of ≥ 17. Results of study showed high BDI scores among 2nd year students, poor socio-economic status, poor study performance and urban area students.
Conclusion: Depression prevalence in medical and allied health sciences students was found to be high that was significantly related to being junior in study institute, poor in socio-economic level and study.
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