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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 141-144

Psychiatric Morbidity in College Students and Illiterate Youths

1 Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 4, India
2 Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 4, India

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K N Rao
Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere - 4
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PMID: 21743690

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The profile of psychiatric morbidity in university students in a general hospital psychiatric clinic was studied and compared with age matched illiterate youths. Students represented 5.1% of the clinic population and illiterate youths represented 3.1%. The majority of ill students were males, unmarried and from a rural area. In both groups 75% of cases sought medical help on their own, but 42% of students solicited psychiatric help directly, in contrast to 11% of illiterate youths. Students reported relatively high role specific stress factors. In contrast to results of student surveys and university health centers, we found an equal representation of psychoses and non-psychoses, a lower representation of problems of under achievement and no representation of alcohol or drug abuse.



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