Invisible Disability and Its Impact on Students (75836)

Session Information: Education & Differences: Counselling, Guidance, and Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Brian Moore

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 09:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 609
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Depression and anxiety lead the list of mental health issues worldwide; their manifestations affect daily life and school activities, and their symptoms significantly impact cognition, attention, and motivation. Thus, their presence in students can constitute an invisible disability. Their challenging detection results in delayed intervention, leading to unfavorable outcomes for those affected. Therefore, the objective of this study is to characterize the presence of depression and anxiety as an invisible disability by estimating their prevalence in a sample of 200 students through the application of the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventory. Important findings reveal that 14% of the sample corresponds to severe depression, 32.5% to moderate depression, with fatigue, feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and concentration difficulties being the most frequent symptoms. Among participants with depression symptoms, 10% consider it an invisible disability as it has affected their school performance. In this context, it is crucial to bring to light the impact of mood disorders on academic performance.

Luisa Fernanda Romero-Henríquez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Luisa Fernanda Romero-Henríquez is a University Doctoral Student at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico

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