Comparing the Mental Health of Healthcare Students: Mental Health Shame and Self-compassion in Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Social Work Students

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Yasuhiro Kotera, Jessica E. Jackson, Ann Kirkman, Ann-Marie Edwards, Rory Colman, Ann Underhill, Jessica G. Jackson, Denise Baker and Akihiko Ozaki 2023. Comparing the Mental Health of Healthcare Students: Mental Health Shame and Self-compassion in Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Social Work Students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-023-01018-w
AuthorsYasuhiro Kotera, Jessica E. Jackson, Ann Kirkman, Ann-Marie Edwards, Rory Colman, Ann Underhill, Jessica G. Jackson, Denise Baker and Akihiko Ozaki
Abstract

Poor mental health of healthcare students is a cause for concern in many universities. Though previous research has identified mental health shame and self-compassion as critical in this student group, how these variables differ across different healthcare disciplines remains to be evaluated. Healthcare students (n = 344; counselling, occupational therapy, social work and nursing) completed measures regarding these variables. MANOVA and regression analyses were performed. (1) Counselling and nursing students were more depressed than occupational therapy students; (2) nursing students were more anxious than occupational therapy and social work students; (3) occupational therapy students had more positive attitudes towards mental health than the others; and (4) nursing students worried about their own reputation associated with their family more than counselling students. Self-compassion was the strongest predictor of mental health in all groups; however, the effect sizes varied: largest in nursing and smallest in social work students. Findings will help inform effective interventions for students in each healthcare discipline.

Keywordsmental health ; students ; mental health shsame ; self-compassion
Year2023
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1557-1882
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-023-01018-w
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-023-01018-w
Output statusPublished
Publication dates13 Feb 2023
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Accepted20 Jan 2023
Deposited02 Mar 2023
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