September 25, 2020
College students may experience symptoms of mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation when exposed to a myriad of psychosocial stressors at school. One of these stressors includes school burnout, composing of three dimensions: (a) school exhaustion; (b) cynicism; and (c) sense of inadequacy. This study aimed to determine how the three dimensions of school burnout influenced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation among Filipino undergraduate students. A total of 555 college students (Female=44.09%, Male=55.38%; Mage=20.28, SDage= 1.96) were chosen via stratified random sampling from a private higher education institution. Scores were analyzed via bivariate correlations and multiple regression analysis. All three dimensions of school burnout were significant predictors of anxiety (R2 = 0.147), depression (R2 = 0.283) and suicidal ideation (R2 = 0.090), with cynicism being correlated with symptoms of all three mental health problems. Sense of inadequacy, on the other hand, was only related to symptoms of anxiety and depression, while school exhaustion was only related to symptoms of anxiety. The findings underline the need for educators and administrators to strengthen theoretical and practical implications for mental health through proactive policies and early intervention strategies.
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