Choosing a topic: Depression Among University Students
by CPereira on February 2, 2016 - 12:29am
a. Topic & Type of Paper/Justification of Social Issue
The topic of this paper is depression among university students in North America. This paper will be analytical and will aim to determine the various causes of depression found within students. It will also evaluate possible factors such as alcohol/drug use, stress levels, societal pressure, homesickness and other influences that could potentially lead to depression within young adults. Finally, this paper will examine the negative effects of depression and question how university students can prevent or deal with this illness.
Depression among university students is a social issue because it shows a gap between the social ideal (every student should have a stable mental health) and the social reality (many young adults face depression while pursuing their university studies).
Seeing as depression will be the most common form of disability in the world by 2020 (Murray & Lopez, 1996), poor mental health has become a concerning issue, especially for university students. Faced with becoming independent adults, balancing academic and social demands as well as coping with their personal lives and preparing themselves for a professional career, young adults experience a sensitive period of their life while pursuing their undergraduate studies (Bayram and Bilgel, 667). Depressive symptoms are known for affecting academic performances and are linked to health compromising behaviours (Steptoe, Tsuda, Tanaka, and Wardle, 97) which is why mental illness has caused growing concerns for universities.
b. Major areas of interest/important questions
-What are the short-term and long-term effects of being depressed during university studies? (psychology)
-Which students are more likely to be affected by depression during their studies? (sociology and economics)
c. Who/ what groups are involved in this issue?
Depression amongst university students can be looked at on an individual level since every case is different for whoever is experiencing it. This social issue can also be examined at a community level, looking at how communities can help support their youth and promote a healthy state of mind.
Steptoe, A., Tsuda, A., Tanaka, Y., & Wardle, J. (2007). Depressive Symptoms, Socio-Economic Background, Sense of Control, and Cultural Factors in University Students from 23 Countries. International Journal Of Behavioral Medicine, 14(2), 97-107. doi: 10.1080/10705500701471480
Bayram, Nuran, PhD., and Nazan Bilgel M.D. The Prevalence and Socio-Demographic Correlations of Depression, Anxiety and Stress among a Group of University Students. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 43.8 (2008): 667-72. ProQuest. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.