A comparative study of mental health and wellbeing among UK students in professional degree programmes

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Lewis, E. and Cardwell, J (2018). A comparative study of mental health and wellbeing among UK students in professional degree programmes. Journal of Further and Higher Education.
AuthorsLewis, E. and Cardwell, J
Abstract

Despite elevated rates of suicide and evidence of poor mental health among medical professionals, there is a paucity of research in the UK into the mental health of students destined for these careers. This study estimated and compared the prevalence of mental ill-health in students studying veterinary medicine, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy in the United Kingdom. A group of law students was also included, who although subject to similar stressors as undergraduates, do not go on to share a heightened risk of suicide as professionals. A total of 1,744 respondents completed a questionnaire with validated measures to assess wellbeing, psychological distress, depression and suicidal ideation and attempts. Results indicated that law students experienced the poorest mental health of the student groups studied. Wellbeing was highest among veterinary and medical students. However, the medical students were the most likely to have previously attempted suicide. These findings highlight the importance of directly comparing student groups, in order to appropriately support students as they progress through training and into the professions.

Keywordsuniversity; students; mental health; wellbeing; healthcare professions; 1301 Education Systems
Year2018
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN1469-9486
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0309877x.2018.1471125
Publication dates
Print26 Jul 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Apr 2018
Accepted24 Apr 2018
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
Page range1-13
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