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Prevalence of Mental Health Problems Among Undergraduate Students at the Universidad de Los Andes

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04447690
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 25, 2020
Last Update Posted : September 18, 2020
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Ministerio de Educación, Chile
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jorge Gaete, Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Brief Summary:

This project seeks to know the prevalence of mental health problems among undergraduate students, through internationally and nationally validated screening instruments. The project also aims to understand better the associated factors contributing to the mental health problems of this population. Through the critical analysis of the results, our proposal aims to establish the prevalence of anxiety, depression, suicidality and substance use, and the association with socioeconomic features, academic stress, sense of belonging to the university, interpersonal relationships, and sleep habits among other factors. Once finalized the study, the results obtained will be disseminated to the university community and published in peer-reviewed journals.

The results will help the university authorities to design and implement measures to prevent mental health problems in this community.


Condition or disease
Student Mental Health Depression, Anxiety Depression Anxiety College Drinking Stress

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 5553 participants
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Prevalence of Mental Health Problems Among Undergraduate Students at the Universidad de Los Andes
Actual Study Start Date : August 3, 2020
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 4, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 31, 2020

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Self-reported symptoms with the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21), which have 21 items, each scoring between 0 and 3, the minimum score is 0 and the maximum score of 63. The cut-off score for the depression subscale is 6, Anxiety is 5, Stress is 6.

  2. Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment. This scale has 6 items and each item has to be answered Yes or No. The total score is 6. A score of 0 is no ideation is present.

  3. CAGE [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]

    Self-report of harmful alcohol drinking. 4 items. CAGE stands for:

    C: Have you felt the need to Cut down drinking? A: Have you ever felt Annoyed by criticism of drinking? G: Have you had Guilty feelings about drinking? E: Do you ever take a morning Eye opener (a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover)? The range score goes from 0 to 4. The point cut off is >= 2.


  4. Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Adaptation of The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) interview model, including prescription and nonprescription drugs and vaping. It has 8 items exploring the frequency of substance use in the last 3 months (daily, weekly, yearly) and the problems associated with the use. It explores the use of 10 kinds of drugs.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sociodemographic characteristics [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]

    Ad hoc self-report survey:

    • Current age
    • University enrollment year
    • Current years of study
    • Sex
    • Gender
    • Civil status
    • Parenting and number of child(s)
    • Nationality
    • Etnicity
    • Ocupational situation: only study, part-time worker, fulltime worker and study
    • Carrer
    • Maximum parents studies degree: analphabet, school, undergraduate, postgraduate; complete or incomplete studies.
    • Payment of studies: credit, schollarship, self-pay
    • Travel time from home to campus: minutes, hours.

  2. General Health perception [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Self-perception on a subjective analogous scale of physical health

  3. General Menta Health perception [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Self-perception on a subjective analogous scale of mental health

  4. History of chronic diseases [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Ad hoc self-report survey of any previous chronic physical disease

  5. Physical activity [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Ad hoc self-report survey of minutes of physical activity during the past week

  6. Social activities [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Ad hoc self-report survey of time spent with friends or social gatherings

  7. Family functionality (APGAR) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Family functionality APGAR score: a 5-item measure of perceived family support in the domains of adaptation, partnership, growth, affection, and resolve. E.g. "I find that my family accepts my wishes to take on new activities or make changes in my lifestyle". Scores range from 0 to 10, being 10 a total satisfaction with family functionality.

  8. History of personal and family mental health problems [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]

    Ad hoc self-report questionnaire of personal and family mental health history:

    • Previous diagnosis of depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD.
    • Current psychotherapy of psychiatric medication
    • Family history of psychiatric disorders

  9. Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Self-report of insomnia perception. it has 7 items, and responses can range from 0 to 4, where higher scores indicate more acute symptoms of insomnia. Scores ranges from 0 to 28. A clinical Insomnia threshold score of 15.

  10. University violence and bullying [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Ad hoc self-report survey of violence suffered from teachers, administrative, auxiliaries, and other students; discrimination and bullying.

  11. Sexuality and sexual health [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Ad hoc self-report survey of sexual health, including sexual orientation, the current status of an emotional relationship, number of sex partners in the last year, history of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

  12. Sense of Social and Academic Fit (SSAF) [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]
    Sense of Social and Academic Fit (SSAF) is a self-report questionnaire of 17 items, with responses on a Likert format from 1-7. It measures academic and social sense of belonging. The score is produced as the average of the scores reported in each item. The minimum score is 1 and the maximum score is 17. A higher score means higher sense of belonging.

  13. COVID-19 questions [ Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks ]

    Ad-hoc self-report survey of current perception and possible diagnosis of COVID-19:

    • Fear or preoccupation about getting COVID-19
    • Sense of severity if diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Fear or preoccupation about a family member or friend to get COVID-19
    • Current diagnosis of COVID-19
    • A family member diagnosed with COVID19
    • Sense of compliance with social isolation and quarantine
    • Persons living with (family, friends, alone)
    • Frequency of: going out of home, gather with others, virtual socialization, keeping a routine, exercise realized, recreative activities, meditation or prayer, seek information about the situation of COVID19
    • Frequency of the following symptoms: nervousness, hopelessness, depression, amount of effort required to realize activities, self-value, anhedonia.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Undergraduate regular students of every career from Universidad de los Andes, Chile.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Regular undergraduate students

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nonconsent

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04447690


Locations
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Chile
Universidad de los Andes
Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidad de los Andes, Chile
Ministerio de Educación, Chile
Investigators
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Study Chair: Jorge Gaete Olivares, MD, PhD Universidad de los Andes, Chile
Additional Information:
Publications:

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Responsible Party: Jorge Gaete, Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Chile
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04447690    
Other Study ID Numbers: FDI UAN1901
First Posted: June 25, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 18, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Jorge Gaete, Universidad de los Andes, Chile:
college students
undergraduate
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depression
Depressive Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Alcohol Drinking in College
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior