Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: The psychological wellbeing of students
Author: James, Chris W.
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
Availability of Full Text:
Full text unavailable from EThOS.
Please contact the current institution’s library for further details.
There is evidence to suggest that the numbers of students presenting to higher education counselling services with mental health problems are increasing. However, relatively few students disclose having mental health problems when applying to higher education institutions. This systematic review explores the recent research examining the relationship between stigma, help-seeking and mental health issues among students. Demographic factors, sample characteristics, the relationship between stigma and help- seeking and how these constructs are measured were examined. A number of methodological issues are raised. Despite these limitations, evidence suggests there is a significant relationship between stigma and help-seeking, across a variety of student groups and cultures. Overall, evidence shows that students perceiving greater stigma in relation to seeking help for psychological problems are less likely to hold favourable attitudes or intentions towards help-seeking. However, the relationship between perceived stigma and help-seeking behaviour is less clear. The empirical study aimed to examine differences between a student sample and the general population on measures of anxiety, depression and disordered eating, explore gender differences among students, and determine the extent to which perfectionism, mood intolerance, interpersonal difficulties and low self-esteem were associated with disordered eating among students. Overall, students reported greater anxiety than the general population, though did not differ on scores of depression or disordered eating, whilst female students scored significantly higher on measures of disordered eating than males. Hierarchical regression results indicated that perfectionism, mood intolerance, interpersonal difficulties and low self-esteem accounted for a significant amount of the variance in disordered eating for both female and male students. Perfectionism was identified as the weakest predictor, contributing little to the overall model, whilst mood intolerance was found to be the strongest unique predictor of disordered eating. A number of relative strengths and limitations of the current study are discussed, along with suggestions for future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available