Eastern Kentucky University

Poster Title

The Relationship Between Stress Levels and Suicidal Ideations in Health Science Majors

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Eastern Kentucky University

Abstract

Previous studies have found that medical students have increased suicidal ideations, and stress is thought to play a factor. However, very little research has been conducted with health science majors, who undergo just as much stress. We hypothesized that the more stress a health science student was under, the more likely they would be to have to have suicidal ideations. We surveyed 156 students, using surveymonkey.com. The measures we used were the College Student Stressful Event Checklist and the Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R). We found a strong correlation between number of stressful events and the likelihood that someone has thought of or even attempted suicide. We can conclude the higher stress level a health science major is under, the more likely a person is to have suicidal ideations.

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The Relationship Between Stress Levels and Suicidal Ideations in Health Science Majors

Previous studies have found that medical students have increased suicidal ideations, and stress is thought to play a factor. However, very little research has been conducted with health science majors, who undergo just as much stress. We hypothesized that the more stress a health science student was under, the more likely they would be to have to have suicidal ideations. We surveyed 156 students, using surveymonkey.com. The measures we used were the College Student Stressful Event Checklist and the Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R). We found a strong correlation between number of stressful events and the likelihood that someone has thought of or even attempted suicide. We can conclude the higher stress level a health science major is under, the more likely a person is to have suicidal ideations.