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Title: Comorbidity of anxiety-depression among Australian university students: implications for student counsellors
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki  (author); Sharpley, Chris  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2012.701271
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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 Self-rating 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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 40(4), p. 385-394
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0306-9885
Field of Research (FOR): 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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