An Analysis of the Trend of Students’ Referral to the Counseling Service Center of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Iran

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Abdolhussein shakurnia 1 , * , Mansour Amin 2 , Maryam Aslami 3

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1 M.Sc. in Immunology, Instructor, Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Microbiology, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran, Iran

3 M.Sc. Student in Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran, Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 12 (5); e58522
Published Online: February 29, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 23, 2017
Accepted: July 29, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: A survey of the trend of students’ referral to university counseling service centers can aid administrators in identifying students’ problems and resolving them. In this study, the trend of students’ referral to the university counseling service center was evaluated during 7 semesters.

Methods: In this retrospective study, the causes of students’ referral to the university counseling service center were examined over a period of time. Data were collected from the archives of the university counseling center. The data were analyzed using chi-square test in SPSS software and were described through percentage and frequency.

Results: Among the 2,130 studied students, 28.9% were men and 71.1% women with a mean age of 22.39 ± 3.5 (18 to 38 years). The students’ referral to the university counseling service center had a linear and decreasing trend. The most common causes of students’ referral to the counseling service center in this period were adaptive and individual problems (31%), psycho-emotional (26.5%), educational (18.9%), familial-marital (15.8%), and others (7.8%). During this period, the rate of students’ referral decreased in all areas except others.

Conclusion: The findings revealed that the most common causes for students’ referrals to the counseling center were adaptive and individual problems, psycho-emotional problems. The rate of students’ referral had a linear trend and decreased in most areas.

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Counseling center Trend Students' referral Ahvaz University

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