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Perceived stress among students in the initial years of medical education and its evaluation – A cross sectional study

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Shiny George and Biju Baby Joseph
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Health Sciences
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Background: Medical profession is demanding and stressful due to its high competitive nature. Studies from various parts of the world have shown that medical students experience varying degrees of stress which not only affect their academic performance but their personal behavior also. Aim and Objectives: Present study was undertaken to assess the perceived stress among medical students. An attempt is also made to find out whether they are aware of the fact that they are stressed and the cause for the stress. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out among 106 students with the help of a Questionnaire which has 2 parts, 1st part contain demographic factors and self reporting of stress and its causes and 2nd part contain PSS questionnaire by Cohen to evaluate the level of stress. Results: According to the Perceived stress scale, out of the 106 participants, 89 (83.9%) were found to be under stress. This includes 11 students who did not report to have stress (self reported stress). 49 students (46.2%) were under high stress according to perceived stress scale and 40 students (37.7%) had stress in the average range. Exam was reported to be the main cause of stress. Females were found to be more stressed than males. Conclusion: The prevalence of stress is found to be very high among medical students. Extensive studies are required in this regard to find the gravity of the problem. Intervention strategies should be planned accordingly.

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