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Students’ academic achievement is a multifaceted phenomenon. While depression can suppress academic performance, academic satisfaction can promote it. This study aims to investigate the relationship between depression and academic satisfaction among students studying at Shahroud University of Medical Sciences.Design/methodology/approachThis cross-sectional study was carried out on 312 undergraduate students of Shahroud University of Medical Sciences. Data collection tools included demographic data form, University Student Depression Inventory and academic satisfaction scale. Data were collected by a simple random sampling method and self-reporting by the participants. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics (multivariate multiple regression analysis and multivariate linear regression).FindingsThe participants’ mean depression and academic satisfaction scores were 71.92 ± 22.94 and 53.70 ± 9.69, respectively. In addition, the depression score was significantly and inversely correlated with students' academic satisfaction (r = −0.122, p-value = 0.031). Moreover, there was a significant correlation between students’ depression with marital status, level of the semester, interest in the field of study and study topic.Research limitations/implicationsThis study emphasizes improving education, spiritual and social support and strengthens strategies to deal with depression and medical science students’ related factors.Originality/valueStudents of medical sciences are exposed to depression during their college years, which is related to their academic satisfaction.
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 22, 2021
Keywords: Depression; Undergraduate students; Academic satisfaction
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