Comorbidity of anxiety-depression among Australian university students: Implications for student counsellors

Vicki Bitsika, Christopher F. Sharpley

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The incidence, factor structure and scale item differences in anxiety-depression comorbidity were investigated in a sample of Australian university students defined according to the presence of anxiety and/or depression. The incidence of anxiety-depression comorbidity was over 32%, about four times that for anxiety or depression alone. Participants with comorbidity had significantly higher Self-rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) and Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) total and factor scores than those with anxiety or depression alone. The major differences between the comorbid and unitary disordered subgroups were for self-disintegration and autonomic arousal. Comorbidity of anxiety and depression is a more serious disorder than either anxiety or depression alone, and appears to exist in large proportions among university students. Assessment and treatment plans might benefit from inclusion of this comorbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


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