The relationship of stress, alcoholism and sexual behavior with mental health among secondary school students: A study in Sabah, Malaysia

Rathakrishnan, Balan and Molugulu, Nagashekhara and Parasuraman, Balakrishnan and Narasappa, Kumaraswamy (2012) The relationship of stress, alcoholism and sexual behavior with mental health among secondary school students: A study in Sabah, Malaysia. European Journal of Social Sciences, 31 (3). pp. 376-383. ISSN 1450-2267

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Abstract

Several studies have proved that there is a significant relationship between depression, prolonged stress and mental health. The purpose of this study is to find out the relationship between stress, addiction to alcohol and sexual behavior to mental health among multiethnic secondary school students in Sabah. About 500 secondary school students, of mean age 16.06 from Sabah, Malaysia participated in the survey. The survey design was adopted using validated instruments including Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90), Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS), Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Involvement Scale (AADIS) and Sexual Behavior Questionnaire. The findings of the survey indicate that there is a positive significance correlation between stress and mental health (r =.774, p <.001). The results also show that addiction to alcohol is not correlated with mental health (r=0.159, p>.05), sexual behavior is positively correlated with mental health (r =.646, p<.001) and there is a significant difference among ethnic groups in Sabah (F (9, 490) = 4.295, p< 0.01). Conducting seminars & workshops to teachers and setting up of student counselling services with the help of mental health professionals are recommended to overcome mental health issues.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alcohol addiction, Mental health, Sexual behavior, Stress
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions:SCHOOL > School of Medicine
ID Code:5528
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:03 Dec 2012 16:54
Last Modified:18 Feb 2015 12:04

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