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J Educ Community Health. 2022;9: 111-117.
doi: 10.34172/jech.2022.17
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Mental Health

Original Article

Mental Health Status Among Iranian Medical University Students: A Cross-sectional Study

Seyedeh Zahra Asghari 1 ORCID logo, Abdolmotaleb Seid-mohammadi 2, Ghodratollah Roshanaei 3, Fatemeh Arbabpoori 4, Soheila Panahi 4* ORCID logo

1 Department of English Language, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
3 Department of Statistics, Modeling of Noncommunicable Diseases Research Canter, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
4 Consultant Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Corresponding author: Soheila Panahi, Consultant Center, Vice-chancellery for Cultural and Student Affairs, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran, Postal Code: 6517838696, Phone:+98 (81) 38380070, Fax:+98 (81) 38380030, Email: , Email: soheilapanahi58@gmail.com


Background: Mental health status of university students is a critical issue due to its essential role in students’ academic performance. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the mental health status of first-year students at Hamadan University of Medical Sciences in 2020.

Methods: All first-year students of Hamadan University of Medical Sciences entered this cross-sectional study through census sampling. Two Questionnaires, the Goldberg’s General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) as a screening instrument, and a researcher-made questionnaire were used to collect demographic information. After data collection, the chi-square test and logistic regression coefficient were applied to analyze the data at a significance level of 0.05.

Results: The results showed that out of 875 students, 170 cases (19.4%) suffered from mental disorders, including depressed mood (93.5%) and anxiety attack (22%) as the most and least common disorders, respectively. Fitting the logistic regression model revealed that the highest educational degree (P<0.001, medical residency), admission quotas other than the free quota (P=0.03), high (P=0.04) and low (P=0.01) financial status, and fathers’ unemployment (P=0.04) increased the chance of mental health disorders.

Conclusion: Due to the high rate and negative consequences of mental health problems in university students, it is recommended that university counseling centers provide services for students with a focus on coping with more frequent mental disorders. Finally, it is suggested they have yearly follow-up surveys to recognize the effects of the university environment and different conducted programs on the students’ mental status.

Keywords: Students, Mental health, GHQ-12

Please cite this article as follows: Asghari SZ, Seid-mohammadi A, Roshanaei G, Arbabpoori F, Panahi S. Mental health status among iranian medical university students: a cross-sectional study. J Educ Community Health. 2022; 9(2):111-117. doi:10.34172/jech.2022.17
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