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Nursing students are at risk of depression since they have to adapt themselves to changes in their personal developmental, learning and teaching styles, and the university environment. This research aimed to explore depression and the relationship of social problem-solving and depression among 650 nursing students studying at the Nursing Faculty of one particular university in the Eastern part of Thailand in academic year 2017. Three research instruments were used to collect the data, including an Information form, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and the Social Problem-solving Inventory for Adolescents, each giving a Cronbach’s alpha of .89, and .83, respectively. Descriptive statistics, one-way ANOVA and Pearson’ product moment coefficient analysis were employed for data analyses. The results revealed that 32% of nursing students had depression in which 18 percent had mild and moderate depression and 14 percent had severe depression. There were significant differences in the occurrence of depression which varied according to the year of study, with significance level of .05 (F3,436=3.484, p<.05). Moreover, nursing students had a moderate level of social problem-solving ( =107.28, SD=13.05). The correlation analysis showed that depression had a negative relationship with social problem-solving among nursing students (r=-.497, p<.001).
The research findings indicate that depression among the nursing students is a major mental health issue that needs to be addressed by faculty members or related health care providers through the development of the mental health services focused on enhancing the social problem-solving skills of nursing students.
บทความและรายงานวิจัยในวารสารพยาบาลกระทรวงสาธารณสุข เป็นความคิดเห็นของ ผู้เขียน มิใช่ของคณะผู้จัดทำ และมิใช่ความรับผิดชอบของสมาคมศิษย์เก่าพยาบาลกระทรวงสาธารณสุข ซึ่งสามารถนำไปอ้างอิงได้
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