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Title: Exploring poor sleep, mental health, and help-seeking intention in university students
Contributor(s): Zochil, Marina L (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12160
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Abstract: Objective: University students experience common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress along with poor-sleep quality. This study explores the relationships between these concepts and help-seeking intention in a general Australian university student population. The primary aim was to examine the moderating effects of sleep quality on helpseeking intention for common mental health problems. The secondary aim was to examine sex differences in help-seeking behaviour. Method: University students, between 18 and 55 years of age (M = 30.18, SD = 11.37, N = 117) of which 98 were female, completed an on-line survey assessing help-seeking intentions, common mental health problems, and sleep quality. Results: High levels of depression, anxiety, and stress were significantly associated with decreased sleep quality or decreased helpseeking intention. A multiple regression analysis predicted that students were more likely to report intention to seek help if they had lower scores of depression, but higher scores of stress. Help-seeking intention levels were lower for males than females. Poor-sleep quality was not found to be a moderator of help-seeking intention. Conclusion: Although the proposed moderation effect of poor-sleep quality on the relationship between common mental health problems and help-seeking intention was not supported, the study advanced our knowledge of university students' low intention to seek help, despite high scores of poor-sleep quality. Implications for on-campus interventions and raising awareness among students about these issues are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Psychology, 70(1), p. 41-47
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9536
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
200401 Behaviour and health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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