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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 463471, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/463471
Research Article

Mental Health of Muslim Nursing Students in Thailand

Department of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA

Received 30 March 2012; Accepted 28 April 2012

Academic Editors: R. Northway and V. Swallow

Copyright © 2012 Paul Ratanasiripong. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore the mental health and well-being of Muslim nursing students in Thailand. Specifically, the study investigated the factors that impact anxiety and depression among Muslim nursing students. This cross-sectional research was conducted with a half sampling method of Muslim undergraduate students who were studying at a public nursing college in Thailand. From the 220 self-identified Muslim nursing students, 110 were sampled for this study, representing 14% of the total nursing students at this college. Results indicated a moderate prevalence of anxiety and high prevalence of depression among Muslim nursing students. Stress ( 𝛽 = . 4 2 ) was positively associated with anxiety, while self-esteem ( 𝛽 = βˆ’ . 4 2 ) was negatively associated with anxiety; together this model accounted for 46% of the variance in anxiety. Self-esteem ( 𝛽 = βˆ’ . 4 1 ) and social support ( 𝛽 = βˆ’ . 1 7 ) were negatively associated with depression, while stress ( 𝛽 = . 3 7 ) was positively correlated with depression; together this model accounted for 57% of the variance in depression. Recommendations were given to help train Muslim nursing students to be competent nurses with good mental health and well-being who will succeed and contribute to the nursing profession.