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Individual, interpersonal, and institutional level factors associated with the mental health of college students.
J Am Coll Health. 2012; 60(3):185-93.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study investigates the individual, interpersonal, and institutional level factors that are associated with overall mental health among college students.

PARTICIPANTS

Data are from an online cross-sectional survey of 2,203 students currently enrolled at a large public university.

METHODS

Mental health was ascertained using a subcomponent of the RAND Medical Outcomes Study functioning and well-being measures developed by the RAND corporation. Stepwise regression was used to determine if self-reported measures of individual (ie, coping abilities), interpersonal (ie, intergroup awareness), and institutional (ie, campus climate/tension) level factors were associated with overall mental health, after controlling for demographic characteristics.

RESULTS

The combined effects of both individual and institutional level measures were associated with student mental health. In particular, limited coping abilities and a perceived racially tense campus climate contributed to the psychological distress of college students.

CONCLUSIONS

Simultaneously addressing the individual and institutional level influences on mental health offers the most promising help for students.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, USA. deannahbyrd@ucla.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22420695

Citation

Byrd, Deannah R., and Kristen J. McKinney. "Individual, Interpersonal, and Institutional Level Factors Associated With the Mental Health of College Students." Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, vol. 60, no. 3, 2012, pp. 185-93.
Byrd DR, McKinney KJ. Individual, interpersonal, and institutional level factors associated with the mental health of college students. J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(3):185-93.
Byrd, D. R., & McKinney, K. J. (2012). Individual, interpersonal, and institutional level factors associated with the mental health of college students. Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, 60(3), 185-93. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2011.584334
Byrd DR, McKinney KJ. Individual, Interpersonal, and Institutional Level Factors Associated With the Mental Health of College Students. J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(3):185-93. PubMed PMID: 22420695.
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