An Assessment of The Stress Levels of Students Entering Medical School in Indonesia

Dasman, Hardisman and Yanis, Amel (2017) An Assessment of The Stress Levels of Students Entering Medical School in Indonesia. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 8 (4). pp. 127-131. ISSN 0976-5506

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Introduction: Many studies have reported that distress and related psychological health problemsare higheramong medical students compare to the general population. There have been no studies in Indonesia that have assess the stress level of medical students entering medical schools and longitudinally. This study assesses baseline stress levels of students entering medical schools. Method: A cross sectional survey was conducted on 2013 intake of new medical students.We recruited 263 participantsbetween September and October 2013 during the first two months of their university life. Level of distress was measured using an Indonesian version of the WHO General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12). Result: Of 263 students, 52.2% were classified as being at risk of stress and 14.8% were classified as "stressed". There were no significant differenceinlevel of stress between male and female students and those students with different socioeconomic status and geographic category(p>0.05). However, students from lower socioeconomic background and those from rural regionsreported slightly higher levels of stress, though this difference wasnot significant (p>0.05).Students who obtained specific government scholarship due to low socioeconomic status were significantly higher of stress level (p<0.05). Conclusion: The study shows that new medical students had high levels of stress compare to the general public as measured by GHQ-12. Follow up study is planned to assess the effect of stress longitudinally in relation to academic performance. Keywords: New Medical Student, GHQ-12, Stress, Indonesia

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Fakultas Kedokteran
Depositing User: Mr Pebriyantoson Soni
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 12:00
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 12:02

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