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THE RELATION BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND PERCEIVED SOCIAL SUPPORT IN NURSING STUDENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF SUICIDAL BEHAVIORS

Daniel Martínez-Esquivel, Patsy Quesada-Carballo, Yerlin Quesada-Rodríguez, Derby Muñoz-Rojas, Ana Laura Solano-López

Resumo


Objective: to determine the relationship between depression and perceived social support in nursing students in the context of suicidal behaviors.

Method: secondary analysis of data from a previous study. Sample from the census of nursing students in Costa Rica. Data collection performed by LimeSurveyduring 2020 by means of self-administered questionnaire composed of sociodemographic data section, Beck-II depression inventory and multidimensional scale of perceived social support. Descriptive analysis and Pearson correlation were used.

Results: The majority were female (79.5%), with a mean age of 22.15 years; 85.8% reported mild to minimal depression; 92.2% reported high perceived social support. A significant inverse correlation was identified between level of depression and perceived social support (r=-0.44, p<0.01).

Conclusion: The understanding about mental health conditions by nursing science is broadened to improve care practices in a specific group.

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Depression; Nursing; Students; Mental Health; Suicide.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5380/ce.v27i0.87211