Prevalence and Correlates of Psychological Sufferings among Bangladeshi University Students
Kamrul Hasan 1 * , Md. Ayatullah Khan 1, Kazi Humayun Kabir 1 2, Rashmia Sultana 1, Sardar Al Imran 1, Sanju Karmokar 1
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1 Development Studies Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, BANGLADESH
2 The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, HONG KONG
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Objectives: The intensity of psychological sufferings are noticeable among emerging university students which are linked with socio-demographic status and lifestyle conditions. The aim of this research was to determine the prevalence and correlates of depression, anxiety, and stress among university students in Bangladesh.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed among 450 Khulna University students in Bangladesh. Data were collected through an offline self-reported including socio-demographic and behavioral factors, and the 21-item Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21). Ordered logit model was used to determine relative drivers of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Results: The prevalence of moderate to the extremely severe levels of depression, anxiety, and stress was 49.8%, 54.4% and 37.7%, respectively. The likelihood of psychological sufferings (depression, anxiety and stress) among participants has been mostly derived by being female, lower and middle class economic condition of the family, being engaged, poor academic performances, sleeping disturbances and  >=5 hours internet use per day.
Conclusion: University level students are experienced a high amount of depression, anxiety and stress, with detrimental impact on their health, development, education and standard of living. The regularly scheduled work of the respective authorities should include counseling and sufficient assistance with awareness programme for the students. Besides, the students should be motivated to crave support in response to the psychological sufferings.


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J CONTEMP STUD EPIDEMIOL PUBLIC HEALTH, 2020 - Volume 1 Issue 2, Article No: ep20007

Publication date: 30 Aug 2020

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