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Saas, T., Du Roscot, E., Vron, L., Guignard, R., Legleye, S., Richard, J.-B., Sauvade, F., Kovess, V. et Beck, F. (2014) Factors associated with psychological distress in French students. Results from the 2010 Baromtre sant. BMC Public Health. 14:256 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-256.

Background: Psychological distress (PD) in students is under-investigated, since its prevalence can be high in certain subgroups of students and it has been seen to be associated with other mental health issues and academic achievement. In a sample of French college students, this study investigated factors associated with PD, and looked more closely at the impact of social and interpersonal variables. Methods: Data were extracted from the 2010 French National Health Barometer. 946 students were interviewed. Mental health was assessed using the MH-5 five-item scale. Results: The PD rate in this sample was 13.8% (7.2% in males, 19.5% in females). Low income, nonsexual assault in the last 12 months, studying law and low social participation were associated with PD in multivariate analyses. Conclusions: French students show specific characteristics that are discussed in order to explain the relatively low rate of PD observed. The impact of loneliness and social isolation are a major focus for preventive policies based on community resources and early detection of the symptoms of PD.

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