Food insecurity and mental health among young adult college students in the United States

Oh, Hans and Smith, Lee and Jacob, Louis and Du, Jinyu and Shin, Jae Il and Zhou, Sasha and Koyanagi, Ai (2022) Food insecurity and mental health among young adult college students in the United States. Journal of Affective Disorders, 303. pp. 359-363. ISSN 1573-2517

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.02.009

Abstract

Background- Food insecurity is prevalent among college students in the United States and has been associated with mental health problems. However, the literature is not entirely consistent and is missing key aspects of mental health. Methods- Using cross-sectional data from the Health Minds Study (N= 96379; September 2020 – June 2021), we used multivariable logistic regression to examine associations between food insecurity and several aspects of mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety, languishing, perceived need, loneliness, self-injurious behaviors), adjusting for age, gender, race/ethnicity, financial distress, and parental education. Results- Multivariable logistic regression models showed that food insecurity was associated with greater odds of having depression, anxiety, languishing, perceived need for help, loneliness, and self-injurious behaviors. Conclusion- This study found evidence to suggest that food insecurity is related to poor mental health in a large sample of young adult college students in the United States, calling for targeted interventions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Food Insecurity, Mental Health, College Students, Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Behaviors, Young Adult
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 14:34
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 14:00
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707314

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