n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Psychological distress among Nigerian undergraduate students




No one including undergraduate students can be healthy in the absence of mental health. We need to begin to address the relative neglect of students' mental health. The study determined the prevalence of general psychiatric morbidity among undergraduate students of University of Benin, Nigeria and socio-demographic factors that may put students at its risk. Four hundred and eighty two students completed an instrument that consisted of socio-demographic characteristics and the 28-item version of the General Health Questionnaire. The prevalence of general psychiatric morbidity was 36.9%. The prevalence was highest among students from the Faculty of Education, those who always had financial difficulty and those who were not religious. Students with financial constraint may need financial support which may be in the form of bursary, grants, soft loans e.t.c. Private form of religiosity, specifically personal prayer devotion should be encouraged among students; these may protect against psychiatric morbidities.


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