Stress, Anger and Coping among Dental Students
Keywords: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.
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