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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-57

Perceived psychological stress among undergraduate medical students: Role of academic factors


1 Independent Researcher, Department of Community Medicine, North Bengal Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, North Bengal Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.200253

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Recently, there is a growing concern about stress during undergraduate medical training. The objectives of our study were to assess perceived stress among undergraduate medical students and to find out academic factors as determinants. A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey was carried out among undergraduate medical students of R. G. Kar Medical College, India, during July 2011–June 2012. Perceived stress was assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale-14. A 10-item questionnaire was used to assess academic sources of stress and their severity. The overall mean perceived stress score was 29.58 (standard deviation [SD] = 6.60), and 46.3% of the participants were in the group of more stressed (perceived stress score ≥28). The academic stressor factors predicted 78% of variability of perceived stress. A higher level of perceived stress was reported by the students. The students should be taught different stress management techniques to improve their ability to cope with a demanding professional course.


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