Stress and coping in a sample of medical students in Brazil

Título del documento: Stress and coping in a sample of medical students in Brazil
Revista: Archives of clinical psychiatry
Base de datos: PERIÓDICA
Número de sistema: 000409854
Autors: 1
Institucions: 1Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Brasil
Període: Ene-Feb
Volum: 42
Número: 1
Paginació: 1-5
País: Brasil
Idioma: Inglés
Tipo de documento: Estadística o encuesta
Enfoque: Analítico
Resumen en inglés Medical training is a stressing situation, making medical students vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Objective The study aimed to assess the prevalence of stress and coping in students of a public medical school in Brazil, comparing the groups from the first and sixth years of training. Methods Through a cross-sectional, observational study, a sample of 232 first and sixth-year regularly registered medical students has been evaluated. Students filled a socio-demographic questionnaire, the Lipp Inventory of Stress Symptoms (ISSL), and the Coping Strategies Inventory (CSI). Results From the total sample of 232 students, 110 were first-year students and 122 sixth-year students. Stress symptoms were significantly higher in first-year students (49.1%) than in the sixth-year group (33.6%; p = 0.018). Variables significantly associated with stress were: year of the training (1st year > 6th year), income (lower > higher income), satisfaction with the training (dissatisfied > satisfied) and the use of escape/avoidance copying strategy (positive association). Discussion Considering the higher stress symptoms among first-year medical students and the positive association of the escape/avoidance copying strategy with stress, strategies must be developed to enable students starting medical school to be better at coping with this stressful situations
Disciplines Medicina
Paraules clau: Psiquiatría,
Salud pública,
Educación superior,
Estudiantes de medicina,
Estrategias de enfrentamiento,
Adaptación psicológica
Keyword: Medicine,
Public health,
Higher education,
Medical students,
Coping strategies,
Psychological adjustment
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