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Are depressive symptoms linked to self-esteem? A study on university students

Mohd. Nazari, N. and Wan Mohd. Yunus, W. M. A. and Abdul Kohar, U. H. and Zainal Badri, S. K. and Mat Ali, N. A. (2019) Are depressive symptoms linked to self-esteem? A study on university students. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 10 (6). ISSN 0976-0245

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.5958/0976-5506.2019.01492.X


Everyday experiences suggest that individual who often feel dejected from daily life and often feel sad and lonely tend to have low self-esteem. The purpose of this study is to investigate the link between depressive symptoms and self-esteem among university students. A total number of 120 respondents participated in this cross-sectional study. The Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI-II) was used to measure the level of depressive symptoms and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) was used to measure the respondents’ self-esteem. Data collected was analysed by utilizing Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 22.0. Students were reported to experience mild level of depression (Overall BDI-II mean=15.75) and possesses moderate level of self-esteem (Overall RSES mean=16.8). Notably, this study had found a weak negative relationship between depressive symptoms and self-esteem (r=-0.222, p=0.015). It can be concluded that the higher level of depressive symptoms is linked to lower level of self-esteem among university students. Hence, appropriate prevention strategies are crucial for both; university students who possess low self-esteem as well as those who experience high level of depression symptoms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:depressive symptoms, self-esteem, university students
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
ID Code:89971
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:29 Mar 2021 13:57
Last Modified:29 Mar 2021 13:57

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