Aims. To evaluate: (i) self-perceived stress, depressive and anxiety symptoms in a community sample of young adults; (ii) which elements have most impact on the development of mental disease; (iii) if high levels of mental disease are related to help-seeking behavior. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out on a sample of 1660 university students. The evaluation of the perceived stress was conducted using the Stress-Related Vulnerability Scale (SVS), the evaluation of depressive and anxiety symptoms with Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). A descriptive analysis of all the data collected was carried out and the principal links between variables and level of mental disease were detected. Finally the reasons for the failure to seek help were investigated. Results: Mean scores of BDI-II and BAI were respectively 10.9 (σ = 8.3) e 11.4 (σ= 9.4) and about 4% of the sample showed a pathological level of stress with the SVS. Female sex, non resident status and confl ictual family climate were found to be more related with more severe anxious and depressive symptoms. Moreover, the latter ones were found to be strongly related with help-seeking behavior. Conclusion: In this sample mental disease associated with distress show a signifi cant percentage. Higher level of anxiety and depressive symptoms are more related to perceived need for help and help-seeking behavior. Nevertheless the level of unexpressed help-seeking turn out to be high for multiple reason.
|Translated title of the contribution||Depressive and anxiety symptoms in a community sample of young adults and correlati1on with help-seeking behavior|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2010|
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