Social Determinants of Health and Mental Wellness of College Students

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Dr. Anna Lee



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Fall 2019


Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes (CDC, 2018). The five key areas of SDOH include economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment. The purpose of this study is to explore how SDOH impact the mental wellness (including depression, anxiety and stress) of undergraduate college students. It is hypothesized that social determinants of health will have a negative impact on undergraduate college students’ mental wellness. A survey will be administered to undergraduate students to measure both their individual levels of SDOH as well as their mental wellness, specifically their depression, anxiety and stress. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) that will be used to analyze the data. The proposed data analysis will include descriptive statistics, correlations and t-tests. This study aims to find associations between social determinants of health and the impact it has on undergraduate college students’ mental wellness. It is expected that findings will suggest a negative relationship between the students’ levels of social determinants of health and their mental wellness.

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