n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Depressive, suicidal and related symptoms in university students in Mauritius - : health

Volume 21 Number 1.2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Depressive disorders in adolescents and young adults are a source of concern, especially in view of their negative impact on general functioning and efficacy in daily life. Moreover, the treatability and prognosis in most cases of depression encourage early detection. In this regard the present investigation sought to examine the prevalence of depressive symptoms in young college students in the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Using the University Student Depression Inventory (USDI) the researchers found that in their sample of 255 students, 16.5% reported sadness most of the time, 11.8% reported feelings of worthlessness and 7.1% noted suicidal ideation. Symptoms of low self-esteem (25.1%) and feelings of emptiness (15.7%) were also reported, while 26.7% wondered whether life is worth living. No significant gender differences were noted, although participants in the 21-22 year age group reported more symptoms than those in the 18-20 year age group. The results are discussed within the context of social and developmental issues.

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