analysis of an Egyptian study on the socioeconomic distribution of depression

Long title, but this analysis is so relevant in any culture. It speaks about the potential factors that contribute to a rising percentage of depressed students based on their socioeconomic standing. Through the the research on this study it was discovered just how universal stress is no matter where you are. Due to the high numbers of recorded mental disorders in developing countries, they linked the cause to their economic status these numbers ranged anywhere from 5-30% however the studies are not clearly defined as to why exactly the range is so wide, it’s possible that it may be due in part to when, where, and how the research was done. They added in the different components that could be the possible reasons for the depression whether it be a consequence of separation anxiety or the stressors of being in a low economic area altogether. comparisons between already developed and still developing countries were made on the same issue but results still showed that depression was more prevalent in the students with poorer socioeconomic backgrounds. For many students this hits home, we are all too familiar with the phrase “broke college student” and how stressful that can be when mommy and daddy aren’t there to buy your shampoo or the right can of beans.


Ibrahim, Ahmed, Shona Kelly, and Cris Glazebrook. “Analysis Of An Egyptian Study On The Socioeconomic Distribution Of Depressive Symptoms Among Undergraduates.” Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology 47.6 (2012): 927-937. Academic Search Premier. Web. 26 Feb. 2016.

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