The role of sources of social support on depression and quality of life for university students

M. M. Alsubaie, H. J. Stain, L. A.D. Webster, R. Wadman

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    Abstract

    Prevalence of mental health problems in university students is increasing and attributable to academic, financial and social stressors. Lack of social support is a known determinant of mental health problems. We examined the differential impact of sources of social support on student wellbeing. University students completed an online survey measuring depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)), social support (Multidimensional Perceived Social Support (MPSS)), and quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF). The sample was 461 students (82% female, mean age 20.62 years). The prevalence of depressive symptoms was 33%. Social support from family, and friends was a significant predictor of depressive symptoms (p = 0.000*). Quality of life (psychological) was significantly predicted by social support from family and friends. Quality of life (social relationships) was predicted by social support from significant others and friends. Sources of social support represent a valuable resource for universities in protecting the mental health of students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)484-496
    JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
    Volume24
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • depression
    • quality of life
    • Social support
    • university students

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