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Relationship between Hardiness and Mental Health Disorders among Undergraduate Students in Enugu State, Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Home Science and Management, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Home Science and Management, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 12, Issue (1), Pages 7-14, January,27 (2024)


The study determined the association of hardiness with depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms among undergraduate students using a cross-section of 717 students from two public universities in Enugu state, Nigeria. The study was guided by a research question and a hypothesis. Data were collected using the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale and the Dispositional Resilience Scale with Cronbach alpha values of 0.89 and 0.81 respectively, and analysed with Statistical Product and Service Solution, version 20. Using ANOVA and linear regression, findings show that hardiness negatively predicted depression and anxiety but not stress. A high prevalence of depression (40.07%), anxiety (69%), and stress (33.1%) symptoms were observed. Therefore, hardiness training programmes might be effective in addressing mental health disorders among students.


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