Investigating the Relationship between Mental and Spiritual Health of Nursing and Midwifery Students

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Moradali Zareipour1, Sahar Karbasi Salmasi1 and Monireh Rezayi Moradali2,*

1Health System Research Unit, Urmia health center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran and 2Student Research Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



Abstract: Spirituality and its components because of effects on psychological constructs and the ability to influence individuals’ actions has been emphasized the researcher in recent years. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between mental health and spiritual in nursing and midwifery students of Islamic Azad University of Urmia. This descriptive-analytical study was conducted on 300 students of nursing and midwifery in 2015. Mental health of students was measured using GHQ-28 questionnaire and spiritual health was measured using Palutzian and Ellison questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and independent t-test, ANOVA and Pearson correlation coefficient in SPSS v.21 software. The results showed that 35 % of students were suspicious to mental disorders. Mean score of spiritual health was 92/28 ± 16/35. Analysis of variance showed that mental had a significant relationship with health variables such as gender, age, average of semester and also spiritual health had a significant relationship with gender, education and economic status. There are positive correlations between spiritual health and mental health (r =0.58). The results of this study support the importance of spiritual health in predicting the students’ mental health. Therefore, it is useful to pay attention to promoting spiritual health in order to improve mental health of students.

Keywords: Mental health, Spiritual health and Student.