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Depression, anxiety, and stress among students of a Peruvian public university: A cross-sectional study

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Tatiana Carmen Huamani-Calloapaza ,
Tatiana Carmen Huamani-Calloapaza

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Marleni Mendoza-Zuñiga ,
Marleni Mendoza-Zuñiga

Universidad Nacional de Cañete. Cañete, Perú

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Giovanna Rocio Pizarro-Osorio ,
Giovanna Rocio Pizarro-Osorio

Universidad Nacional de Cañete. Cañete, Perú

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Guido Raúl Larico-Uchamaco ,
Guido Raúl Larico-Uchamaco

Universidad Nacional de Cañete. Cañete, Perú

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Marisol Yana-Salluca ,
Marisol Yana-Salluca

Universidad Nacional del Altiplano. Puno, Perú

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Nancy Yana-Salluca ,
Nancy Yana-Salluca

Universidad Nacional del Altiplano. Puno, Perú

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Katia Perez-Argollo ,
Katia Perez-Argollo

Universidad Nacional del Altiplano. Puno, Perú

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Osbel Mora-Estrada ,
Osbel Mora-Estrada

Universidad Andina del Cusco. Cusco, Perú

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Edward Jimmy Pandia-Yañez ,
Edward Jimmy Pandia-Yañez

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Abstract

Introduction: depression, anxiety, and stress are mental health conditions that affect university students worldwide. In the university context, where students face a series of academic, social, and personal challenges, these conditions can manifest in various ways, impacting both emotional well-being and academic performance.
Objective: to assess depression, anxiety, and stress in a sample of students from a public university in Peru.
Methods: a quantitative, non-experimental, descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. The sample consisted of 115 students of both sexes who were administered the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale, an instrument with adequate psychometric properties.
Results: low levels of depression, anxiety, and stress were identified. Additionally, high, direct, and significant correlations were reported between depression and anxiety (r= 0.821; p<0.05), depression and stress (r= 0.849; p<0.05), as well as between anxiety and stress (r= 0.855; p<0.05). Moreover, statistically significant differences were found regarding stress and the participants' sex (p<0.05).
Conclusions: students from a public university in Peru exhibited symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Therefore, it is recommended to implement psychological and emotional support programs to improve students' mental health.

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Huamani-Calloapaza TC, Mendoza-Zuñiga M, Pizarro-Osorio GR, Larico-Uchamaco GR, Yana-Salluca M, Yana-Salluca N, Perez-Argollo K, Mora-Estrada O, Pandia-Yañez EJ. Depression, anxiety, and stress among students of a Peruvian public university: A cross-sectional study. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 18 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];4:1070. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/1070

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