Berkeley study examines mental health of graduate students

April 27, 2015

A survey conducted by the Graduate Assembly at the University of California, Berkeley has revealed a high level of depression among the institution's graduate students. Of the 790 students who responded to the survey, 47% of PhD students and 37% of master's students scored high enough on an assessment scale to be considered depressed. The rate of apparent depression was highest among students in the arts and humanities, reaching 64%. The study identified sleep, overall health, and academic engagement as the top predictors of depression among respondents. The overall top 10 predictors for how graduate students viewed their lives also included career prospects, living conditions, financial confidence, academic progress and preparation, and adviser relationship. Inside Higher Ed | Full Report