Depression and suicidality among Bangladeshi students: Subject selection reasons and learning environment as potential risk factors

Sakib, N., Islam, M., Al Habib, M.S., Bhuiyan, A.K.M.I., Alam, M.M., Tasneem, N., Hossain, M., Islam, S.M.S., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Mamun, M.A., 2020. Depression and suicidality among Bangladeshi students: Subject selection reasons and learning environment as potential risk factors. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. ISSN 0031-5990

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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined the role of subject‐selection reasons and learning environment factors in students' depression and suicidality.

Design and Methods: This study surveyed 960 students from five different Bangladeshi universities using questions concerning socio‐demographics, lifestyles, subject‐selection reasons, learning and academic environment, suicidal behaviors, and the Bangla Patient Health Questionnaire.

Findings: Approximately half of the participants were depressed (47.7%), and just over a quarter reported past‐year suicidality (28.5%). Risk factors for both depression and suicidal behavior included not studying at their desired institute, selecting subjects based on future career prospects (rather than choosing what they want to study), not having a study‐friendly and research‐friendly environment, and unsupportive teachers.

Practical Implications: The findings will help in formulating policies for educational institutions as well as providing benchmark data for further studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Creators: Sakib, N., Islam, M., Al Habib, M.S., Bhuiyan, A.K.M.I., Alam, M.M., Tasneem, N., Hossain, M., Islam, S.M.S., Griffiths, M.D. and Mamun, M.A.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2 November 2020
ISSN: 0031-5990
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/ppc.12670DOI
1383803Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 03 Nov 2020 11:13
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 11:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41469

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