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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


A study of prevalence of perceived Stress in first year medical students


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Author Details: Deepali A, Shashiraj HK, Kavitha BS, Mahesh SH

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 332

Article End Page : 335


Abstract

Introduction: Stress is defined as a force of deleterious nature external or internal, physical or mental that tends to disturb the organisms integrity or homeostasis. Medical education poses great amount of stress to the students, as the study of medicine is extensive and time consuming more so among the first year medical students.
Aim and Objectives: The present study was conducted to identify the potential stressors among students and develop strategies to help students combat stress in an effective manner.
Materials and Method: This cross sectional questionnaire based study was conducted among first year medical students belonging to 2015-2016 batch of Sri Siddhartha medical college, a composite college Sri Siddhartha academy of Higher Education a Deemed to be University at Tumkur.
Results: A total of 130 students participated in the study and their questionnaire based responses were analyzed. 76.92% of students identified examination related issues and competition among peers (76.92%) as a major source of stress among them followed by loneliness 34.61%, apprehension about teachers 43.84%, as a possible source of stress Listening to music and watching movies were the medium through which of the students sought relief from the stressors followed by spiritual activity and sports.
Conclusion: First year medical students are exposed to varying degrees of stress and identification of potential stressors with effective intervention by structured mentorship programs along with student counseling the students can be guided in a better way to perform well in their scholastics.

Keywords:
Stress, Stressors, Scholastics