جمعه ۱ بهمن ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۱:۵۲ - ۲۰ ژانویه ۲۰۱۷
Last week’s universities’ national entrance exam, in which 1.2 million high school graduates competed for fewer than 100,000 freshman positions in universities and colleges scattered around the country, is a source of stress and psychological problems for the students and their families, two Tehrani therapists tell Radio Farda. In the aftermath of the national universities’ entrance exam, in which more than 1.2 million high school graduates compete for fewer than 100,000 freshman places, families and students are dealing with psychological pressures and the stigma of failure, Tehran-based psychiatrist Dr. Shiva Dowlatabadi tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Farin Asemi. The rumor that some students were able to buy exam questions on the black market is painful to students and families, who have endured months of preparation and heavy studies, she adds.
The universities’ national exam is a source of psychological disorders in many young Iranians, a member of the supreme council of physicians’ association (Nezam Pezeshki) Iraj Khosrownia said. More than 22 percent of medical and engineering students suffer from psychological problems, and the pressures of the universities’ highly competitive entrance exam has pushed up depression and suicide rates in Iran to levels higher than other contries.
Depression is on the rise among young people, Tehran-based psychologist who works mainly with young people Shahnaz Qaed-Sharafi tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Mahmonir Rahimi. Those who gain access to universities are concerned that they may not find a good job after graduating.
Lack of social freedoms contributes to the sense of despair and depression among young people, she adds. “When university students are told not to have any association in public with members of the opposite sex, those relations are forced underground and threaten our young people,” she says.