Critical Thinking Skills and Their Association with Stress Coping Strategies in the Students of Arak University of Medical Sciences, Iran

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Mahboobeh Najafianzadeh 1 , Mahboobeh Khorsandi 2 , Adeleh Mobarak Abadi 1 , *

1 B.Sc. in Public Health, School of Health, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Health Education, Associated Professor, Department of Health Education, School of Health, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Najafianzadeh M , Khorsandi M, Mobarak Abadi A . Critical Thinking Skills and Their Association with Stress Coping Strategies in the Students of Arak University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(3):e60136.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (3); e60136
Published Online: September 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 13, 2017
Accepted: May 08, 2014

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Critical thinking skills are among the skills that have been recognized for the 21st century human being by UNESCO. On the other hand, stress plays an important role in success, and excessive stress can decrease students' ability to learn and progress. This study was performed to evaluate critical thinking skills and their association with stress coping strategies in the students of Arak University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
Methods: In this analytical cross-sectional study, 100 medical students were selected through stratified sampling. SPSS software was used to analyze the data collected via a demographic checklist, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA)and Ways of Coping Questionnaire (Lazarus and Folkman).
Results: The mean total score of critical thinking skills was 37.32 ± 5.71, which was categorized as weak. Moreover, the mean score of stress coping strategies was 90.95 ± 18.8. There was no significant correlation between the two mean scores. There was only a weak significant correlation between avoidance with interpretation and responsibility with rationalization (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: The mean score of critical thinking skills of our participants did not differ significantly from that of other similar domestic studies, but was unsatisfactory when compared to foreign studies. This shows the necessity of the education of the critical thinking skills in the national education system. The insignificant correlation between critical thinking and stress coping strategies could be the result of the questionnaire used and students' wrong estimation of their critical thinking skills and coping strategies.
 

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Critical thinking Stress coping Student Medical sciences

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