Using electronic surveying to assess psychological distress within the UK student population: a multi-site pilot investigation

Bridgette Maree Bewick, Jan Gill, Brendan Mulhern, Michael Barkham, Andrew J Hill
2008 E-Journal of Applied Psychology  
This paper describes the level of psychological distress within university students participating in an evaluation of a web-based intervention for alcohol use. Data was collected from 1129 students from four UK universities. Psychological distress was assessed using an online version of the CORE-10. Results showed that 29% of students reported clinical levels of psychological distress. Eight percent of students had moderate-to-severe or severe levels of distress. The items tapping depression
more » ... pping depression and anxiety suggest that, when compared to depression scores, levels of anxiety are heightened. These findings are discussed in light of the evidence which suggests that traditional modes of support delivery may not be sufficient for all students. The possibility that webbased therapeutic interventions could be utilized within this highly computer literate population is explored.
doi:10.7790/ejap.v4i2.120 fatcat:phklhr345vdknguzb4nmxntczq