State of Mental Health and Associated Factors in Nursing Students from Southeastern Iran

  • Zinat Mohebbi Ph.D. Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Email: Corresponding author.
  • Giti Setoodeh Ph.D. Candidate. Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Email:
  • Camelia Torabizadeh Ph.D. Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
  • Masoume Rambod Ph.D. Community Based Psychiatric Care Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Keywords: Nursing students, mental health, depression, anxiety, sleep wake disorders, confounding factors (epidemiology), surveys and questionnaires.


Objective. To evaluate the state of mental health and its relation with associated factors among nursing students.

Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 130 students from the Nursing and Midwifery College affiliated to the University of Medical Sciences of Shiraz (Iran). Data was collected through a document that included information on the demographic characteristics, the mean grades of the practical assignments and of the total (practical and theoretical assignments), and the Goldberg Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) that measures symptoms grouped into four dimensions (somatic symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, social dysfunction, and depression).

Results. Most of the participants (65.1%) were women; 5.3% were between 21 and 22 years of age, 84.5% were single, and 33.3% were in the sixth semester; 68.5% of the students had problems with mental health. By dimensions of the GHQ-28, it was found that 7.7% had somatic symptoms, 13.8% symptoms of anxiety and sleep disorders, 52.3% social dysfunction, and 6.2% depression. Males had a higher score of depression than females, and being single was related with higher scores of physical symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, and depression, compared with those who were married. An inverse relationship was found between the GHQ-28 average score and the semester, the grade in practical assignments, and the total grade for physical symptoms and anxiety and insomnia.

Conclusion. There is a high proportion of nursing students with suspected mental health disorder. Some demographic and academic factors are related with the mental health of students and must be kept in mind by the institutions training future nurses.


How to cite this article: Mohebbi Z, Setoodeh G, Torabizadeh C, Rambod M. State of Mental Health and Associated Factors in Nursing Students from Southeastern Iran. Invest. Educ. Enferm. 2019; 37(3):e04.

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Mohebbi, Z., Setoodeh, G., Torabizadeh, C., & Rambod, M. (2019). State of Mental Health and Associated Factors in Nursing Students from Southeastern Iran. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 37(3).