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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-31

Determinants of depression among medical students in two medical schools from South East Nigeria: A screening test


1 Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
2 Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Medicine, University of Teaching Hospital, University of , Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
4 Department of Paediatrics, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
5 Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Josephat M Chinawa
Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/anm.anm_24_16

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Objectives: This study aims to assess the susceptibility of depression among clinical students from two medical schools from South East Nigeria, using a screening test questionnaire. Methods: A total of 352 clinical medical students from two universities were enrolled by simple random sampling. A pretested self-administered depression questionnaire was used to evaluate degrees of depression among the participants. Result: Out of the 352 students studied, 14 (4%) of the students are susceptible to moderate to severe depression while none are susceptible to mild depression. Among the students, gender and age were not significantly associated with depression (χ2 = 2.896; P = 0.089). Socioeconomic class of the students was not significantly associated with depression (χ2 = 2.186; P = 0.335). Conclusion: A relatively low number of medical students are susceptible to depression. Depression among medical students is unaffected by gender, age, and socioeconomic class.


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