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Comparing the Mental Health of Healthcare Students: Mental Health Shame and Self-compassion in Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Social Work Students

Kotera, Yasuhiro; Jackson, Jessica E.; Kirkman, Ann; Edwards, Ann Marie; Colman, Rory; Underhill, Ann; Jackson, Jessica G.; Baker, Denise; Ozaki, Akihiko

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Authors

Jessica E. Jackson

Ann Kirkman

Ann Marie Edwards

Rory Colman

Ann Underhill

Jessica G. Jackson

Denise Baker

Akihiko Ozaki



Abstract

Poor mental health of healthcare students is a cause for concern in many universities. Though previous research has identified mental health shame and self-compassion as critical in this student group, how these variables differ across different healthcare disciplines remains to be evaluated. Healthcare students (n = 344; counselling, occupational therapy, social work and nursing) completed measures regarding these variables. MANOVA and regression analyses were performed. (1) Counselling and nursing students were more depressed than occupational therapy students; (2) nursing students were more anxious than occupational therapy and social work students; (3) occupational therapy students had more positive attitudes towards mental health than the others; and (4) nursing students worried about their own reputation associated with their family more than counselling students. Self-compassion was the strongest predictor of mental health in all groups; however, the effect sizes varied: largest in nursing and smallest in social work students. Findings will help inform effective interventions for students in each healthcare discipline.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 20, 2023
Online Publication Date Feb 13, 2023
Publication Date Feb 13, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 17, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2023
Journal International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Print ISSN 1557-1874
Electronic ISSN 1557-1882
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-023-01018-w
Keywords Mental health; Healthcare students; Mental health shame; Self-compassion; Attitudes towards mental health problems
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/17386538
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11469-023-01018-w

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