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Academic stress and coping strategies of forst year IIUM medical students

Myint, Yi Yi and Tun, Ye and Muhammad, Siti Aeshah @ Naznin (2014) Academic stress and coping strategies of forst year IIUM medical students. In: International Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition 2014 (IRIIE2014), 11th -13th June 2014, Cultural Activity Center (CAC), International Islamic University Malaysia.

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BACKGROUND: Medicine is generally perceived as very stressful course as compared to other courses. Previous studies have reported that pressure of a challenging academic curriculum is very stressful for first year medical students. High level of stress is a risk factor for a wide range of physical and mental health-related consequences. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of academic stress in first year medical students of the International Islamic University Malaysia (Academic session 2012/13) and to explore the most stressful time and coping strategies in these students. METHODOLOGY/STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey was carried out involving the first year medical students of IIUM in March, 2013, while they were in the third block of the academic programme. RESULTS: One-hundred and ten students (75.3 %) participated. About fifty percent (50.9%) reported high level of academic stress. Female medical students experienced more stress. The majority of students found that “near exam day” was a most stressful period for them. Praying was the most frequently used coping strategy. CONCLUSION: Reducing the psychological distress of medical students prior to examination may help them to perform better in the examination. Review of curriculum and exam schedules, extracurricular activities, proper mentor system and counselling service might reduce the academic stress. KEYWORDS: Academic stress, first year medical students, coping strategies, IIUM

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 3635/39438
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine > RZ400 Mental healing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Basic Medical
Depositing User: Dr Yi Yi Myint
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 15:29
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 09:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/39438

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