Factors Affecting The Mental Health Of New Zealand Secondary School Students
The authors studied many factors affecting the mental wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students, particularly a focus was on depressive symptoms. Depression was measured using the Reynolds Adolescent Scale (RADS-SF), with a score ≥28 resulting in students expressing depressive symptoms.
Aims and research methods:
The aims of this research are to identify and describe key changes to the mental health of students from 2007 to 2012. By way of example, the researchers focused on current mental health trends and cross-referenced the results to previous years, thus, providing a guideline for future directions of mental illnesses. The authors used the Youth2000 surveys in 2007 (n=9107) and 2012 (n=8500) to New Zealand secondary school students.
Scope of the research:
The surveys were a cross-sectional study of a selected population, for instance, the subjects were a representation of secondary school students in New Zealand. This study was an approach to mental wellbeing via studying the prevalence of mental illness. The authors studied different sets of secondary student’s over time to determine if current policies/interventions/treatments/social environments and so forth had a positive effect on the wellbeing of students and rate of mental illnesses. This was evaluated via the data comparison of the surveys.
Strengths or limitations:
The large data sample is a strength of this study as it is more likely to be a representation of secondary school students in…