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Acta Facultatis Medicae Naissensis
2010, vol. 27, iss. 4, pp. 205-213
article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 08/03/2011
Self-assessment of the Serbian university students' need for referral to psychologist or psychiatrist
aUniveristy of Niš, Faculty of Medicine + Institut za javno zdravlje, Niš
bUniveristy of Niš, Faculty of Medicine
cClinical Centre Niš, Clinic for Mental Health Protection



The World Health Organization specifies that young people should be healthier and more capable of performing their roles in society. The aim of the study was to determine the need of the Serbian university students for referral to psychologist or psychiatrist in accordance with their self-estimation, as well as the association of this need with particular characteristics of students. The cross-sectional study was carried out at the three state universities from January to June in the academic year 2008/2009, and included 2.285 students of both sexes. The students filled in a questionnaire consisting of 22 questions referring to demographic and socio-economic characteristics, lifestyle habits, attitudes, health assessment, as well as their mental health characteristics. Out of all students tested, 16,3% unequivocally reported the need for professional help. It was found that female students were more likely to seek psychologist/ psychiatrist assistance (p<0.001). The need for a psychologist was the least among the Novi Sad University students and those from technical faculties (p< 0.01). Our country should develop specific action plans and comprehensive strategies for mental health promotion and prevention of mental disorders. These plans and strategies must be supported by the highest political organizations and authorities at every level.



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