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J Public Health (Oxf). 2015 Sep;37(3):412-8. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv003. Epub 2015 Feb 10.

The impact of tuition fees amount on mental health over time in British students.

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1
Professional Training Unit, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK Mental Health Recovery Team South, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth PO3 6AD, UK.
2
Professional Training Unit, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
3
Department of Psychology, Kingston University, Surrey KT1 2EE, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous studies have shown a relationship between debt and mental health problems in students. This study aimed to examine the effect of differences in tuition fees amount on changes in mental health over time.

METHODS:

A prospective cohort study followed 390 first-year British students who differed on their tuition fees level at 4 time points across their first 2 years at university. Participants completed measures of global mental health, depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol-related problems at up to four time points in their first two years at university. Mixed-factorial ANOVAs were used to assess the impact of tuition fees amount on changes in scores over time.

RESULTS:

There was no difference based on fees at Time 1 for anxiety, stress, depression and global mental health. At Time 2, those charged £0-2.9k or £3-4k improved while those charged £8-9k stayed the same. However, this trend reversed by Times 3 and 4.

CONCLUSIONS:

Undergraduates mental health is partially affected by the level of tuition fees; however, the recent increase in tuition fees does not appear to have had a lasting impact at present.

KEYWORDS:

debt; depression; financial stress; mental health; student; undergraduate

PMID:
25670684
DOI:
10.1093/pubmed/fdv003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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