The specific environmental antecedents of anxiety and depression among Australian university students: Development of the effects of university study on lifestyle questionnaire

Vicki Bitsika, Christopher Sharpley, Leslie Hartley

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A 60-item scale of stressors that had been developed from interviews with 32 individual students was evaluated by administration to 402 students at an Australian university. As well as data that showed frequency of stressor occurrence to be a more powerful predictor of anxiety and depression than degree of discomfort that the stressor induced, psychometric data from this participant sample enabled refinement of the original scale by deleting several items, thus producing a 42-item scale for further investigation. Implications for use of the scale to identify the "causal" stressors which students experience and which lead to anxiety and depression, are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2
Number of pages18
JournalThe International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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