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Causes of stress and coping strategies adopted by undergraduate health professions students in a university in the United arab emirates.
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PMID:  23984030     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare causes of stress and coping strategies adopted by a sample of undergraduate health-profession students at the Gulf Medical University, United Arab Emirates.
METHODS: An anonymous voluntary questionnaire-based survey was conducted, from January to July 2011, among first- and second-year medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy students (N = 212) to identify causes of stress. Coping strategies were studied using the Brief COPE Inventory.
RESULTS: Worries regarding the future (54.2%) and parental expectations (40.1%) were the major stressors. Poor diet (36.8%) and a lack of exercise (36.3%) were also reported to cause stress. Students used multiple strategies, mainly religion/praying (74.5%), planning (70.5%) and taking action (70.5%) to cope with stress. There were no significant differences observed in the stressors or coping strategies between genders or programmes. First-year students (62.5%) relied on emotional support significantly more (P <0.05) than second-year students (48.5%).
CONCLUSION: The main causes of stress were worries regarding future and parental expectations. The majority of the students used positive coping strategies, with religion/praying found to be the most frequently used strategy.
Authors:
Kadayam G Gomathi; Soofia Ahmed; Jayadevan Sreedharan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-06-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sultan Qaboos University medical journal     Volume:  13     ISSN:  2075-051X     ISO Abbreviation:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-08-28     Completed Date:  2013-08-28     Revised Date:  2013-08-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101519915     Medline TA:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Country:  Oman    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-41     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Biochemistry, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates.
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