Stress among First and Third Year Medical Students at University Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abdus Salam, Raynuha Mahadevan, Amir Abdul Rahman, Norsyafiqah Abdullah, Aimi Aqilah Abd Harith, Chu Pei Shan

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Abstract

Objective: To identify the stress-prevalence and coping-strategies among University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) medical students.

Methods: This was an observational study conducted among 234 UKM first and third year medical students. Standardized questionnaire on stress and coping strategies was used. Stress data was related to subjective experiences on some positive and negative adjectives such as tense, relaxed etc. Positive adjectives were measured by sign “++” and “+” scoring “1” while stress-negative adjectives were measured by sign “?” and “–“ scoring “0”. Forty-eight coping items under task, emotion and avoidance strategies were measured using 5-point Likert-scale.

Results: Overall stress-prevalence was 49%. Female and Malay respondents were more stressed. Significant differences of stress-level was observed between Malays and non Malays in first year (p=0.04) and in third year (p=0.01). Most common strategies used to cope stress was task-oriented while emotion oriented was least.

Conclusion: Stress-prevalence and stress-level in UKM medical students was high. Most of the respondents coped stress using task-oriented strategies. Stressor and its effective management must be ensured. Educational institutions should act as a creative designer of learning environment to get relieve from educational stressor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalPakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Coping strategies
  • Medical students
  • Stress prevalence

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  • Medicine(all)

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Stress among First and Third Year Medical Students at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. / Salam, Abdus; Mahadevan, Raynuha; Rahman, Amir Abdul; Abdullah, Norsyafiqah; Harith, Aimi Aqilah Abd; Shan, Chu Pei.

In: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 169-173.

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Salam, Abdus ; Mahadevan, Raynuha ; Rahman, Amir Abdul ; Abdullah, Norsyafiqah ; Harith, Aimi Aqilah Abd ; Shan, Chu Pei. / Stress among First and Third Year Medical Students at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. In: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 2015 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 169-173.
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