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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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MERELES OVIEDO, F et al. Stress, anxiety and depression in high school students of the city of Santa Rosa del Aguaray, Department of San Pedro, 2016. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.2, pp.17-22. ISSN 1816-8949.


In this study it is interesting to investigate the levels of stress, anxiety and depression in a population of high school students. We believe that it is important to study this issue, particularly as they are pre-university students. Special emphasis should be placed on early detection and intervention on situations that could affect personal, academic, family and social development of high school students.

Materials and methods:

Observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study, with non-probabilistic and at criterion sampling, of students of the “Santa Rosa” National School, Department of San Pedro, enrolled in secondary education. To measure stress, anxiety and depression, we used the DASS-21, which consists of 21 items.


There was evidence of at least a certain level of stress in 43,5% of the students interviewed. Extreme level of stress was found in 8,7% of the participants. Some degree of anxiety was reported in at least 71,7% of the population, and some degree of depression in at least 52,2% of the participants.


Although the levels of stress found in the present study are lower than those reported in the literature, the values of anxiety and depression exceed those reported by other studies in a similar population. Research on the levels of stress, anxiety and depression in pre-university students is a current and innovative topic, which seeks to find effective solutions to address these conditions that have a negative impact on the lives of students.

Palabras clave : high school students; stress; depression; anxiety.

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