The Prevalence of Depression among First-Year Health Sciences Students at Thammasat University


This study aims to find out the prevalence of depression in first-year health sciences students at Thammasat University, Thailand. The study is a cross-sectional descriptive (Survey Research). 248 first-year students are recruited from 6 faculties including the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Allied Health Science, and the Faculty of Public Health. There are 2 phases in this study; a survey and an in-depth interview. The survey consists of 2 parts including personal information and questions of Thai version of Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D). Students who score higher than 10 in the HAM-D are at the risk of having depression. Thereafter, qualitative study is used to examine students at risk by an in-depth interview. The research findings can lead to a better understanding of depression among first-year health sciences students. Furthermore, they are useful in creating an intervention program to improve treatment of depression in the next study.

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Piyanud Chompookard, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand
Amaraporn Surakarn, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand
Ujsara Prasertsin, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2017
Stream: General Psychology

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