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Does Education Setting Influence the Relationship between Substance use and Depression among Post Secondary Students

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dc.contributor.author Tester, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-09T12:35:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-09T12:35:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/4084
dc.description.abstract Background. This study examined whether experiences of and relationships between depressive symptoms and substance use differs for first year college and university students. Methods. A proportionate stratified random sample of 6,100 university students and a census sample of 7,300 college students were invited to anonymously complete the National College Health Assessment. The final sample included 444 young adult first year university (n = 298) and college (n = 146) students. Results. More college than university students used tobacco (26.7; 11.1%) and marijuana (26.7%; 20.8%). Similar proportions consumed alcohol (75.3%; 76.5%). Almost all students reported past-year depressive symptoms. Mean number of symptoms was 5.43. Tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use were each positively associated with depression after adjusting for age and gender. Educational setting moderated the relationship between depression and tobacco use, and depression and marijuana use, with the relationship being stronger for university students. Implications. University campus health professionals especially, need to assess depression among students using substances and vice versa. Differences between college and university students require further attention. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Substance Use, Depression Post Secondary students en_US
dc.title Does Education Setting Influence the Relationship between Substance use and Depression among Post Secondary Students en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Applied Health Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Applied Health Sciences Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Applied Health Sciences en_US


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