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Comorbidity of anxiety-depression among Australian university students: Implications for student counsellors
British Journal of Guidence and Counselling
  • Vicki Bitsika, Bond University
  • Christopher F. Sharpley, University of New England
Date of this Version
8-1-2012
Document Type
Journal Article
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Bitsika, V., & Sharpley, C.F. (2012). Comorbidity of anxiety-depression among Australian university students: Implications for student counsellors. British Journal of Guidence and Counselling, 40 (4), 385-394.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 170106

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Abstract

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 Selfrating 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.

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Vicki Bitsika and Christopher F. Sharpley. "Comorbidity of anxiety-depression among Australian university students: Implications for student counsellors" British Journal of Guidence and Counselling Vol. 40 Iss. 4 (2012) p. 385 - 394 ISSN: 0306-9885
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vicki_bitsika/34/