A Comparative Study of Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Australian and Chinese Business Students.

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Conference Proceeding
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Published Proceedings of the 28th ANZAM Confernece 3-5 December 2014 UTS Sydney, 2014
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2014-12-05
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This study reports the results of a survey of 167 undergraduate business students at a major Australian university. Using the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS), it was found that Chinese international students displayed significantly higher levels of stress and anxiety than local, Australian students, both of which fell within the “moderately severe” category. Levels of depression were normal in both groups with no significant differences between them. Qualitative analysis of an open-ended item suggested that the main stressors for Chinese students included academic, life balance and family stressors. Implications for student wellbeing are discussed and organisational initiatives for addressing these complaints are suggested.
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