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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

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Depression, Stress, Emotional Support, and Self-Esteem among Baccalaureate Nursing Students in Thailand

Ratchneewan Ross1 / Richard Zeller2 / Pakvilai Srisaeng3 / Suchawadee Yimmee4 / Sujidra Somchid5 / Wilaiphan Sawatphanit6

1Kent State University,

2Kent State University,

3Khon Kaen University, Thailand,

4Kent State University,

5Burapha University,

6Burapha University,

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1165, November 2005

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2005-11-24

Nursing students are valuable human resources. Detection of potential depression among nursing students is crucial since depression can lead to low productivity, minimized quality of life, and suicidal ideas. Identifying factors affecting depression among students can help nursing educators to find ways to decrease depression. The purpose of this study was to examine rates of depression and the associations between depression and stress, emotional support, and self-esteem among baccalaureate nursing students in Thailand. This correlational, cross-sectional study recruited 331 baccalaureate Thai nursing students. Students completed three instruments that had been translated into Thai: The Center for Epidemiology Studies Depression Scale, Perceived Stress Questionnaire, and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Another instrument created in Thai was used to measure emotional support. Results revealed that, when using the standard definition, 50.1% of the students were depressed. Stress was positively related to depression, whereas emotional support and self-esteem were negatively related to depression.

Keywords: Depression; Stress; Emotional Support; Self-esteem; Baccalaureate Nursing Students; Thailand

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