Socio-Demographic Variables and Diagnostic Profiles of University Students at the Counseling Center of International University of Sarajevo

TitleSocio-Demographic Variables and Diagnostic Profiles of University Students at the Counseling Center of International University of Sarajevo
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
Conference NameFifth International Mediterranean Congress on Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering (MENSEC V)
Publication Languageeng
AuthorsAydın, PÜnal, Aydın, O, Boz, C, Elen, MAkif
Place PublishedBudapest, Hungary
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to illustrate the socio-demographic variables and diagnostic profiles of the students who applied to the counseling center between February 2018-February 2019, and to determine the contents of future trainings and psychoeducation at the International University of Sarajevo. Data regarding the socio-demographic variables, history, and diagnoses of 67 (31 male, 36 female) students who applied to the counseling center and gave consent between the years of 2017 and 2018 were analyzed through retrospective case record review. Based on the socio-demographic variables, history, and diagnoses of the students, descriptive statistics method was used. Data analysis suggests that among the participants, 61% (n = 41) were smoking whereas 49% (n = 33) were using alcohol; 3% (n = 2) were using drugs, and 9% (n = 6) were suicidal. In terms of the diagnosis of the participants, 25,4% (n = 17) had problems related to family; 11,9% (n = 8) had problems related to partners; 10,4% (n = 7) had anxiety disorder; 10,4% (n = 7) had anxiety disorder not otherwise specified; 7,5% ( n = 5) had problems related to field of study; and 6% (n = 4) had problems related to career and future planning. Prevalence of smoking and using alcohol suggests that the focus of counseling center can be more on preventing and giving psychoeducation about these issues in the forthcoming years. Besides, diagnostic profile of the students can guide the counseling center staff in helping students acquire the necessary coping skills.