Determinants of Depressive Symptomology among College Students

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Rates of depression among college students is on the rise across the United States, and the consequences are dire. This study aimed to determine if various lifestyle choices protected or put college students at-risk for developing depressive symptomology. This study examined the effect of four potential determinants and depressive symptomology: spirituality, social media use, residential status (on- or off-campus), and employment status among undergraduate college students. This study was conducted at a private Christian university and included 220 participants who completed a paper-based survey. A cross-sectional design from a convenience sample was used. Results of this study found a statistically significant association between fewer depressive symptomologies and “feeling deep inner peace or harmony.” There was also an association found between depressive symptomology and social media use. There were no significant findings for depression and residential status or employment status.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Health
Public Health, Mental Health, Higher Education