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Mental health status and quality of life among university students from West Turkey

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Public Health, Izmir Kâtip Celebi University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
  • 2Department of Public Health, Izmir Kâtip Celebi University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
  • 3Department of Public Health, Izmir Kâtip Celebi University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (4), Pages 11-17, April,14 (2017)

Abstract

This study’s aim was to evaluate the relations between mental health and quality of life among university students from West Turkey. The study group was 307 students (81.0% of the target population). A questionnaire form, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Scale (BAS), Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND), CAGE Test for Alcohol Dependence, World Health Organization Quality of Life Short Form (WHOQOL-BREF) were applied to self-report method. Qui square test, Student t test, Pearson and Spearman Correlation tests were used for statistical analyses. Statistical significance was accepted as p<0.05. The frequency of depression was 18.9%. The average points of BDI, BAS and BHS were 10.47±9.24, 31.81±10.21, 4.93±4.16, respectively. The frequency of the students with middle and low physical activity level was 82.7%. The frequency of high level nicotine dependence was 38.0%. The frequency of the students with alcohol dependence was 9.8%. Negative correlations were found that between the social domain in quality of life and depression, anxiety, hopelessness and alcohol using (for each one p<0.05). This study was shown that social domain in quality of life can be effective from some mental health problems among the university students.

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