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Examining pharmacy students’ stress level during first academic year

May, Khin Soe and Mohd Noor Zaidi, Muhammad Ridzuan and Aung, Khin Thandar (2020) Examining pharmacy students’ stress level during first academic year. CR Subscription Agency, 1 (1 (July-Dec)). pp. 94-104.

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Most of the studies' findings explored that the prevalence of stress is increasing among university students. Student retention, student progression and graduate on time (GOT) are becoming critical issues in all universities. There are a significant number of studies that have examined the stress level of students using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). PSS is the most widely used psychological instruments for measuring the perception of stress. This study sought to identify the stress level among first year pharmacy students of faculty of pharmacy, and then might to compare perceived stress scale between male and female students by using this PSS score measurement. A cross-section descriptive study was done at Faculty of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Ninety-eight first year pharmacy students were chosen by a convenience sampling method and then measured their stress level during their first academic year using perceived stress score (PSS). Data was analyzed by SPSS version 12.0 and ethical approval was taken from Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Pharmacy research committee (KPRC), the IIUM Research and ethics community (IREC), Student's Affairs office of Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Pharmacy and first year pharmacy students from Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Pharmacy. The study findings showed that most of the students were female, 74.5% and mostly they had experienced in staying at the hostel during their school life. Most participants came from middle class family. This study found that female students' PSS score was higher than male students' PSS scores (T-test of PSS Score in Female Students (mean (SD) of PSS score 27.44± 5.19 while T- test of PSS Score in male students (mean± (SD) PSS score 24.26± 6.53). These findings provide a better understanding that the stress level and contributing factors experienced by first-year pharmacy students. Finally, it is recommended that there is needed to search the relevant ways to help them in their studies and future career.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4550/85765
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stress level, Perceived stress scale, Pharmacy students, Contributing factors
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Kulliyyah of Nursing
Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Critical Care Nursing
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Basic Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Dr May Khin Soe
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2020 16:24
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2020 16:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/85765

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