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Fall 2017

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South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy


University students are a particularly high-risk population for mental illness due to high-stress levels. The university students of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa are no exception to that trend. This study surveyed and interviewed university students, and interviewed various mental health professionals from the Durban region of South Africa. The data was analyzed and used to better understand the current status of South African university students’ perceived stress, as well as the causes of their stress levels. Results showed no significant differences among demographic groups and perceived stress levels, but further research is needed to draw more reliable conclusions. In the future, such information can be used to create better stress prevention strategies and to reallocate resources where they are needed most.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Higher Education | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology | School Psychology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


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