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2011, vol. 33, iss. 4, pp. 47-54
Depressiveness and suicidal ideation in medical students
aZdravstveni centar, Kosovska Mitrovica
bClinical Center Kragujevac + University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Medicine
cUniversity of Kragujevac, Faculty of Medicine
Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 175007 i br. 175004

Keywords: medical students; depression; suicide ideation
Introduction: Mental disorders represent a growing problem in the student population. There is an increased frequency of depression, suicidal ideation and the suicide rate in medical students. Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of depression and suicidal ideation in medical students in order to provide better insight into this problem in our country. Methods: There were 131 fourth year medical students included in the study. For determining depression in the student population we used Beck's Depression Inventory-BDI. Results: Depression was found in 26.7% of students. In 35.1% of students the suicide risk was found which is generally categorized as mild in intensity. Strong positive correlation between the level of depression and risk of suicide was calculated: r = 0.55, p<0.05. Conclusion: The high level of depression found in medical students highlights the need for more comprehensive insight and follow up of this problem in the student population.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
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