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RMJ. 2019; 44(2): 392-394

Coping strategies of depression, anxiety and stress amongst medical students from different colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan

Farah Rashid, Zeelaf Shahid, Iffat Atif, Sadia Wazir, Maria Khalid, Fizza Hamid.

Objective: To determine the frequency of various coping strategies adopted against depression, anxiety and stress among medical students in different medical colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Methodology: This cross-sectional study, using self-administered questionnaire was conducted from April to August 2017 and included 572 medical undergraduate students took from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Brief Cope Inventory was used, the questionnaire also included socio-economic and demographic information. For data analysis, SPSS version 23 was used.
Results: Out of 572 students, 395(60.1%) were females and 177(30.9%) males. Majority of the individuals (78.5%; n=449) were using religion as a coping strategy. Other coping strategies adopted were planning (60.3%; n=345), self-distraction (59.2%; n=339), use of positive reframing (43.8%; n=251) and humor (35.8%; n=205).
Conclusions: Certain coping strategies being adopted by medical students to cope with their stressful life conditions are religion, planning, self-distraction, positive reframing and humor.

Key words: Anxiety, coping strategies, depression, medical students, stress.

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