MENTAL HEALTH STATUS SCREENING AMONG RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

  • Nur Hidayah Mohd Basir Residential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Md Khairul Azwan Md Razali Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Elfina Azwar Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Karthi Suresh Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Engku Nurul Aima Tengku Amri Residential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Nik Aziz Nik Ali Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Keywords: Mental, Health, University, Student, Education

Abstract

Managing mental health issues in Malaysia has become challenging especially among university students. This study aims to investigate the level of mental health conditions among the Residential College of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. There were 400 students from residential college; male (n=153, 38.3%) and female (n=247, 61.8%) had been assessed. The respondents were selected through a simple random sampling technique using self-administered questionnaires derived from the Mental Health Inventory (MHI) measurement tool, followed by the validation of the obtained data through a reliability procedure. Data were collected from December 2019 until February 2020. Descriptive and inferential (t-test) statistics were conducted using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22 to determine the relationship between gender with dimensions of the Mental Health Inventory. The results showed no significant difference between overall MHI and gender (p=0.081, p>0.05). However, depression manifested a significant effect on the gender of the students (p=0.010, p<0.05). The study also revealed that male students experienced poor mental health conditions compared to female students. Suitable intervention programs should be made available to help targeted students.

Author Biographies

Nur Hidayah Mohd Basir, Residential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

dFaculty of Science and Marine Environment (FSSM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Md Khairul Azwan Md Razali, Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu,

bInstitute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (BIO-D Tropika), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Elfina Azwar, Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu,

cInstitute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (AKUATROP), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Karthi Suresh, Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu,

dFaculty of Science and Marine Environment (FSSM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Engku Nurul Aima Tengku Amri, Residential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Nik Aziz Nik Ali, Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

aResidential College, Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

eFaculty of Fisheries and Food Science (FPSM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

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Published
2021-12-28
How to Cite
Nur Hidayah Mohd Basir, Md Khairul Azwan Md Razali, Elfina Azwar, Karthi Suresh, Engku Nurul Aima Tengku Amri, & Nik Ali, N. A. (2021). MENTAL HEALTH STATUS SCREENING AMONG RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 21(3), 106-112. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.21/no.3/art.1019