Longitudinal Patterns of Depression and Anxiety in Undergraduate Students: Evidence from the U-Flourish Study
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Cross-sectional data has been collected by numerous surveys at Canadian universities. However, longitudinal estimates are less common. The U-Flourish study collected data from two cohorts entering their first year of university in 2018 and 2019 (each cohorts had a sample size of approximately 3000), followed to March 2020. Depressive symptoms were measured using the PHQ9 and anxiety symptoms were assessed using the GAD7. Both cohorts included approximately 3000 students. The prevalence of elevated (10+) PHQ9 scores was 27.5% (95% CI 25.9 – 29.3) in 2018 and 29.3% (95% CI 27.6 – 31.0) in 2019. In both cohorts, the prevalence of depression increased between September and March in their first year (to 37.2% in both cohorts) and did not change subsequently. Similar trends were seen for anxiety. These results support the idea that the first year is a key time for identification and engagement of students with mood and anxiety symptoms.

Learning Objective 1:
Anticipate longitudinal patterns of depression and anxiety in university students
Learning Objective 2:
Identify determinants of the longitudinal course of depression and anxiety in this population
Learning Objective 3:
Quantify the risk of negative mental health outcomes in this population
Evaluation, Research, Assessment
Session Type
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