The Prevalence of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Student-Athletes and the Relationship with Resilience and Help-Seeking Behavior

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Title: The Prevalence of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Student-Athletes and the Relationship with Resilience and Help-Seeking Behavior
Authors: Drew, Breanna
Matthews, James
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9596
Date: 3-May-2018
Online since: 2019-01-21T14:25:55Z
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of depressive and anxiety symptoms within student-athletes and to examine protective factors which may act as a buffer against mental ill-health. A cross-sectional design was employed. A sample of 185 student-athletes (M=20.77; SD= .50; 35% female) agreed to take part. Participants completed measures of depression, anxiety, psychological resilience and formal and informal help-seeking behavior. Thirty one percent of student-athletes reported moderate to severe symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Student-athletes who reported requiring professional help for problems were more likely to record moderate to severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. Student-athletes who did not seek informal support were more likely to report symptom levels for depression outside the normal range. Higher resilience scores were associated with lower symptom reporting for both depression and anxiety. Practical implications for supporting student-athletes’ mental health across institutional, interpersonal and intrapersonal levels are discussed.
Type of material: Journal Article
Journal: Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
Start page: 1
End page: 32
Copyright (published version): 2018 Human Kinetics
Keywords: Mental healthStudent athletesDepressionResilienceHelp-seeking
DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2017-0043
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection
Institute for Sport & Health Research Collection

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