Stress, Anger and Coping among Dental Students


  • Nor Masitah Mohamed Shukri1 , Dhanraj2



Anger, dentistry, depression, pressure and stress


Background : Medical course and dentistry have always been considered to be stressful to the students

because of its depth, diversity and competitiveness. These are very extensive course spread 4 to 5 years in

India. Stress sometimes can lead to anger, which cause even more stress. Prolonged stress and anger can

take a toll on the students, both physically and emotionally. It is important to eliminate them by attempting

control management and implication of positive coping strategies

Aim : This study aims to investigate level and source of stress, anger, anxiety, depression and associated

coping mechanisms among dental students

Material and method : A link to an online questionnaires conducted through Surveymonkey was distributed

among all third-year, fourth-year and final-year students.

Result : The first major stressor for the dental students was clinical requirements (61.3%) followed by

patient’s behavior, peer pressure/competitiveness, education program and language barrier. Taking some

time off to rest (20.3%), talking to a friend (%23.9) and listening to music (19%) were the most commonly

reported coping mechanisms (Table 3).

Conclusion : The primary sources of stress as perceived by the dental students were peer pressure/

competitiveness, patient’s behavior and clinical requirements. In the present study, female dental students

reported higher stress levels and a wider range of coping than male students, hence a stress management

program should be implemented that focusing towards dental students. The preventive and intervention

must be sought and directed as this need early in the student years.

Author Biography

Nor Masitah Mohamed Shukri1 , Dhanraj2

Graduate, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, India, 2 Head of Department, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of

Medical and Technical Sciences, 162 Poonamalle High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



How to Cite

Nor Masitah Mohamed Shukri1 , Dhanraj2. (2020). Stress, Anger and Coping among Dental Students. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 438-443.