Outline: Student Depression

by tcicconi on February 2, 2016 - 7:26am

A)

The topic of this paper is on depression amongst college students. Overall, the paper will mainly analyze the causes and effects of this issue in the United States and Canada, whilst comparing the causes of student depression that are unique to students’ in their respective countries. While also attempting to create solutions that could help solve these issues and make students’ time in college a much more pleasant experience.

College student depression is a social issue mostly because of how widespread it is amongst college students; in a study performed by the University Of California in the fall of 2014 upon 153’000 first year students, the researchers found that students’ self-rated emotional health level averages had lowered to 50.7%, the lowest recorded to date (Eagan, Stolzenberg, Aragon, Suchard, Hurtado, 13). The researchers also state that depressed students tend to be dissatisfied with college and struggle developing a sense of belonging amongst the other students and school as a whole (Eagan et al., 14). The authors also found that students’ success levels were heavily influenced by their levels of emotional health (Eagan et al., 13).

The source of this depression comes from a variety of places. The most popular response, according to 53 first-year nursing students was an overload in schoolwork (Dzurec, Allchin & Engler, 548). Since the first year students have a harder time adapting to the college ‘lifestyle’, isolation and loneliness are also causes for depression amongst college students, as well as attempting to maintain their families’ expectations, dealing with stress, and creating a clear plan for the future (Dzuec et al., 548).

 

B)

Is it possible that the education systems on the college level in both the USA and Canada require a reform? (Political science)

Do students who partake in a specific program (with higher difficulty level) have a higher chance of becoming depressed? (Psychology)

 

C)

Depression as a whole can definitely be seen at the individual level; after all, everyone deals with daily events differently than others. Some students may have a higher chance of becoming depressed if they study in a program with a larger workload. However, depression amongst college students can also be seen through a communal perspective, as it is very possible that students of all programs can become dispirited by similar issues. 

D)

Eagan, K., Stolzenberg, E.B., Ramirez, J.J., Aragon, M.C., Suchard, M.R., Hurtado, S. The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2014. The Higher Education       Research Institute.

 Dzurec, L. C., Allchin, L., & Engler, A. J. (2007). First-year nursing students' accounts of reasons for student depression. Journal of Nursing Education, 46(12).

Comments

I think that the subject of your research is of great interest as it could affect many of us. I am also curious to know how student depression in Canada differs from the United States. You could look at the different resources and organizations that aim in helping students to deal with such health problems. I like that you brought up that the education system might be the source of the problem because many ask themselves the same question. If you decide to focus your research on the psychology social discipline, I suggest you look at the type of personality that is more prone to develop depression. I am not 100% certain but I also believe that the type of parenting and the environment are factors that might influence inclination towards depression. From my previous psychology class, I know that there is a lot of textbooks that discuss this issue if you'd like to look that up.

First of all Thomas, I think you should've corrected your title before submitting it here. On the other hand, I think your subject is really interesting since it is something that is present in our student environment. It is great that you will compare both Canada and the United States since both countries don't have the same education system so the consequences on depression may be different. I really enjoy the fact that you bring up the education system as the cause of student depression since I also share this point of view. Overall you look pretty well informed on your subject! Keep up the good work!!!

First of all Thomas, I think you should've corrected your title before submitting it here. On the other hand, I think your subject is really interesting since it is something that is present in our student environment. It is great that you will compare both Canada and the United States since both countries don't have the same education system so the consequences on depression may be different. I really enjoy the fact that you bring up the education system as the cause of student depression since I also share this point of view. Overall you look pretty well informed on your subject! Keep up the good work!!!

First of all, I really like your article. Your subject is fascinating and you kept your reader interesting until the end.
As you said, one of the most common reasons of anxiety and depression in college is the overload of schoolwork. It is easy to see all the work we have to do as an unreachable mountain.
As a first-year college student myself, I can tell you that what were you saying is totally true. On my first semester, I overloaded my schedule; I signed up for many committees because I was afraid not making friends. Unfortunately, all this extra work exhausted me.
I was at a point where I could not see myself doing all this work that was in front of me. I had to take a week off in order to be able to finish my semester.
Depression and other low-mood mental states affect a lot of us, either in college or in any other places. Because these are not apparent, they may unfortunately be misunderstood by our entourage.
Thank you for your great article!

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