Dubai Medical College students’ scores on the Beck Depression Inventory


J Ahmadi 1 , * , M Kamel 2 , M Galal Ahmed 2 , F Ali Bayoumi 2 , A Abdul Moneenum 2

1 Professor of Department of Psychiatry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, PO Box: 71345-1416, Shiraz, Fars, Iran

2 Dubai Medical College for Girls (DMCG), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

How to Cite: Ahmadi J, Kamel M, Galal Ahmed M, Bayoumi F A, Abdul Moneenum A. Dubai Medical College students’ scores on the Beck Depression Inventory, Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2008 ; 10(3):e95870.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 10 (3); e95870
Published Online: July 31, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 01, 2019
Accepted: July 31, 2008




Background: The fact that the adaptive capacities of medical students are decreased by psychiatric symptoms, especially depression, is well documented in the literature. Persistent dysphoric mood has also been associated with medical school dropout. This study was carried out to assess depression scores of medical students at Dubai Medical College using on Beck Depression Inventory.


Methods: 103 medical students were selected randomly and evaluated by Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). A confidential questionnaire (BDI) was distributed, completed by the students and collected in the same sessions in 2007.


Results: The mean age for the students was 18.85 years (Minimum: 17, Maximum: 22), and 90.3% were between 18 and 20. The mean depression score of the students was 14.88. Of the participants, 64.07% reported that they were particularly hopeful about the future and 73.78% indicated that they had no self-harming thoughts. Among them, 27.18% were in the normal depression range (0-9), 45.63% in the marginal depression range (10-19) and 23.30 in the moderate depression range (20-29). Only 3.88% were found to be in the moderate to severe depression range (30-39). None of the students had severe depression (BDI score > 40). The majority of the participants were particularly optimistic about the future. Most of the participants were in the normal or just marginal depression range and none of them had severe depression.


Conclusions: Our results indicated that although a low percentage of Dubai Medical College students were found to have a significant level of depression, this should not be underestimated, and actions should be taken to encourage Dubai Medical College students to seek help for psychiatric problems especially depression. The risk factors as well as protective ones must be identified nation-wide to promote the mental health of the medical students.


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