Exam Anxiety among Dental Students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2013

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Molouk Torabi 1 , * , Jahangir Haghani 2 , Marzieh Karimi Afshar 3 , Payman Mohseni 4

1 Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Dental Diseases Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

2 Specialist in Oral and Dental Radiology, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Radiology, Physiology Research Center, School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

3 Resident of Orthodontics, Department of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

4 Dentist, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Torabi M , Haghani J , Karimi Afshar M , Mohseni P . Exam Anxiety among Dental Students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2013 , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(4):e59791.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (4); e59791
Published Online: December 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 09, 2017
Accepted: August 06, 2014

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Exam anxiety is a significant problem among university students and can be accompanied by a decline in performance and severe psychological problems. This study was designed to investigate exam anxiety levels among dental students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2013.

Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on dental students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences. The participants were selected using census method. The data collection tool was a questionnaire consisting of the 20-item standard Exam Anxiety Questionnaire (Spielberger), demographic characteristics, causes of anxiety, methods of decreasing exam anxiety, and exam method. Data were analyzed using SPSS software, and linear regression and Student's t-test.

Results: Of the participants, 56.57% were men, their mean age was 22.7 ± 2.18, and 37.71% lived with their parents. The mean score of the exam anxiety questionnaire was 47.29 ± 10.57, the maximum score being 80. The first activity during leisure time was exercising (30%) and fear of failure was the first cause of exam anxiety. Theoretical final exams were the cause of the exam anxiety in 54.90% of participants. Seeing friends was the most common method of decreasing anxiety. There was no significant correlation between mean exam anxiety score and sex, age, academic year, marriage status, and academic performance. A significant correlation was observed between area of residence and mean exam anxiety score.

Conclusion: Based on our findings, dental students had varying degrees of exam anxiety. Thus, we recommend the training of exam anxiety reduction methods during the course of the term by professionals.

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Exam anxiety Dental students Kerman (Iran)

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