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Assessment of academic related stressors and their association with psychological distress among kulliyyah of dentistry students during covid-19 pandemic

Faisal, Ghasak Ghazi and Al-Ani, Ali Sabri Radeef and Khaled, Mohamad Firdaus (2022) Assessment of academic related stressors and their association with psychological distress among kulliyyah of dentistry students during covid-19 pandemic. In: The 11th Dental Student Scientific Conference, 28 March 2022, Kuantan. (Unpublished)

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Introduction: Remote teaching and learning methods were introduced to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 virus during the pandemic. This put the students under extra risk of psychological distress due to the sudden change in the study mode in addition to the pandemic. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on a sample of 224 students of Kulliyyah of dentistry. The psychological distress was assessed using Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) while coping mechanisms were determined using the Brief-COPE questionnaire. Perceived social support was assessed using the Multidimensional scale of perceived social support questionnaire. Student COVID-19 related sources of stressors questionnaire was used to identify the stressors. Results: The prevalence of psychological distress was 22.32% mild, 18.75% moderate and 40.18% severe distress. Students aged ≤ 21 years old showed a significantly lower mean of psychological distress. Significant stressors contributing to psychological distress were ‘Fear of failing or unable to catch up’, ‘Lack of motivation to learn’, ‘Feeling incompetent’, ‘Academic Overload ‘, ‘Time management problems’ and ‘Cannot catch up with online learning’. Regarding coping mechanisms, most of the students apply approach rather than avoidant coping mechanisms. Psychological distress has significant positive correlation with avoidant coping and inverse correlation with perceived social support Conclusions: Multiple COVID-19 related stressors are associated with psychological distress among dental students. Good social support and approach coping mechanisms are important to alleviate the psychological distress.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological Distress, Perceived Social Support, Dental Student, Coping mechanisms Covid-19
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health. Mental Illness Prevention
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Fundamental Dental and Medical Sciences
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Assoc.Prof Ghasak Ghazi Al-Atrakchi
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2022 10:09
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 10:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/97529

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