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Natl J Community Med. 2016; 7(8): 653-656

Stress Factors and Way of Coping amongst the Students of Medical College

Harishchandra D Gore, Ashok D Shelke, Abhay B Mane, Kartiki R Nanaware, Sachin A Gawade, Kevin Fernandez.


"Introduction: Medical profession, although a noble profession, is not spared from the stress and suicidal tendencies. Stress, if not dealt effec-tively, loneliness, nervousness, and sleeplessness is inevitable. The pre-sent study was undertaken to iden-tify the stress factors and way of coping amongst medical student.
Methods: Cross-sectional study was done on 353 medical students using pretested, semi structured question-naire. Information regarding Per-sonal data, Stress inducing factors & ways of coping was collected from the participants.
Results: Medical students that re-ported stress factors were course material of MBBS by 71.7%, fol-lowed by economic problems 60.7%, academic factors 57.0%, competi-tion in college 56.6%, college/hostel environmental factors 44.9% and social problems 39.5%. Individual stress factors in decreasing order were work overload in 80.5%, nerv-ous breakdown before or during vi-va 79.3%, worry for Postgraduate seat 75.1%, fear of failure in exam in 72.8% students. Only 19.8% stu-dents had stress due to ragging. Talking to friends (79%), call at home or go to home or movie (50-53%) & using internet/ videogames (50%), were major way of coping.
Conclusions: The major stressors identified were academic factors and course material. The preferred method of coping was talking to friends and family members.

Key words: Stress factors, Medical Student, Way of coping

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