An evaluation of depressed mood in two classes of medical students

Ruth Levine, Stephanie D. Litwins, Ann W. Frye

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Objective: To assess depression rates in contemporary medical students. Method: The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was administered anonymously to two medical school classes at matriculation, the end of first year, and the end of second year. Results: Median scores for both classes were low at all points. The proportion of students scoring in the moderate or severely depressed range increased from 5.8% at matriculation to 10.5% by end of Year 2 for the Class of 2004, and from 5.1% to 11.9% over the same time period for the Class of 2005. Overall, 75-83% of students at every administration scored in the lowest BDI score range. Conclusions: The percentage of medical students who experience depressed mood increased over time, but to a lesser degree than in previous studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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An evaluation of depressed mood in two classes of medical students. / Levine, Ruth; Litwins, Stephanie D.; Frye, Ann W.

In: Academic Psychiatry, Vol. 30, No. 3, 05.2006, p. 235-237.

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Levine, Ruth ; Litwins, Stephanie D. ; Frye, Ann W. / An evaluation of depressed mood in two classes of medical students. In: Academic Psychiatry. 2006 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 235-237.
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