The Relationship among Young Adult College Students’ Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Demographics, Life Satisfaction, and Coping Styles

University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, USA.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing 03/2012; 33(3):149-56. DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2011.632708
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Recent research indicates that young adult college students experience increased levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. It is less clear what strategies college health care providers might use to assist students in decreasing these mental health concerns. In this paper, we examine the relative importance of coping style, life satisfaction, and selected demographics in predicting undergraduates' depression, anxiety, and stress. A total of 508 full-time undergraduate students aged 18-24 years completed the study measures and a short demographics information questionnaire. Coping strategies and life satisfaction were assessed using the Brief COPE Inventory and an adapted version of the Brief Students' Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale. Depression, anxiety, and stress were measured using the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21). Multiple regression analyses were used to examine the relative influence of each of the independent variables on depression, anxiety, and stress. Maladaptive coping was the main predictor of depression, anxiety, and stress. Adaptive coping was not a significant predictor of any of the three outcome variables. Reducing maladaptive coping behaviors may have the most positive impact on reducing depression, anxiety, and stress in this population.

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    • "This has prompted counseling and education professionals to focus attention on stress, coping, and college adjustment, particularly among first-year and second-year undergraduate students (Pierceall & Keim, 2007; Saber, Mohmoud, Staten, Hall, & Lennie, 2012). "

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    • "On the contrary, inability to cope with excessive amount of stress can have a devastating effect on students mentally, physically and psychologically [7]. Previous study has shown that the use of maladaptive coping strategies such as self-blaming, denial and giving up could predict higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress among students [7]. A similar result was reported by Brougham, Zail, Mendoza, & Miller [24], who investigated the relationship between sources of stress and coping strategies among 166 college students and found that the levels of daily hassles was significantly correlated with the use of avoidance and self-punishment for both men and women. "
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    • "The mental health of college students is important to look at because ''young adult students are faced with numerous developmental challenges and tasks related to their college life'' (Mahmoud et al., 2012, p. 150). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers depression as a medical and mental condition that affects an estimated 10% of American adults (CDC, 2011). "
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