Sunday, October 02, 2005

Depression among College Students

I was reminded of my earlier post on depression among college students in response to one of Rev. Bauer's column in the China Post by an article in the Taipei Times on student depression (10/1):

A survey released by a non-profit organization that provides information about depression among young people yesterday suggested that depression among college students is an increasing concern.

According to the John Tung Foundation's survey of 5,950 respondents aged 18 to 22, 33.4 percent said the major sources of external pressure came from anxiety over plans for the future, while 24.1 percent said academic performance was the source of their stress and 18.5 percent cited relationships with the opposite sex as the origin of their stress.

Meanwhile, 15.9 percent of respondents said their stress came from financial problems.

The survey, conducted during April and May, also found that depression was most common amongst students who studied Arts and Humanities, with incidences of depression constituting 15.2 percent of the sample.

It's fascinating that Arts & Humanities students are more depressed than others. But student depression and attendent self-destructive behaviors is a serious problem.

1 comment:

rmdazwdv said...

I conjecture that arts & humanties students are more depressed because their post-college career is more unclear and less valued by society, e.g. also in terms of wages. Michael, what do your humanities students do after they graduate? In my experience, work in a book store for NT $75 an hour. Depressing indeed, probably for their teachers too.