MENTAL HEALTH STATUS SCREENING AMONG RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
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.
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