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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 414) Last page : ( 418)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2016.00078.1

The relationship between religiosity and depression among Medical students

Heidari Fateme Ghaedi1, Pahlavanzadeh Saeid2,*, Ghadam Mortaza Sabet3, Dehghan Mahlagha4, Ider Roohollah5

1PhD Candidate in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Research Center of Nursing & Midwifery Care, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2MS in Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfehan University of Medical Sciences, Isfehan, Iran

3BSc In Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4Assistant Professor, Nursing Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

5MA in Jurisprudence & Islamic Law, Faculty of Humanities, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran

*Corresponding Author Email: bahar470@gmail.com

Online published on 18 October, 2016.


Depression is an increasingly prevalent mental health issue among students. Among all depression preventive factors, religious commitment as a deterrent for many mental disorders, especially depression, has attracted the attention of many researchers. However, the results of related studies about the effect of religious are controversial. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the relationship between religious beliefs, adherence to ethical standards and Islamic rules with depression among students of Arak University of Medical Sciences. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 120 Medical students by using stratified random sampling. Zung depression self-assessment scale and researcher made questionnaire for assessing adherence to Islamic laws, beliefs and ethical standards were used to collect the data. Data analyzed using statistical software SPSS version 18 and descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation coefficient. The results showed there was a significant negative correlation (p<0.05) between depression and adherence to laws, beliefs and ethical standards of students. Religious promotion of students causes them to be less depressed and plays an important role in the prevention of mental disorders in their lives.



Depression, Ethic, Religion, Islamic Law, Medical student.


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