The Mental Health Status of Students of Medicine and Dentistry; A Study in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

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Mehdi Tabrizizadeh 1 , * , Seyed Mojtaba Yasini Ardakani 1 , Parvaneh Rostamzade 1 , Meysam Zare 1

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1 Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 9 (2); e60633
Published Online: January 15, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 21, 2017
Accepted: October 16, 2012

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Abstract

Background & Objectives: Mental health is one of the most important issues in various
populations, specially the student populations, which by itself can provide a background for
academic achievement or failure. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mental health
status of students of medicine and dentistry in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences,
Yazd, Iran.
Methods: This descriptive-analytic and cross-sectional study was performed in the academic year
of 2009-2010 according to the Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90) test. 232 questionnaires containing
demographic and SCL-90 questions were distributed among the systematically selected students of
medicine and dentistry in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences. Data were analyzed
using chi-square test.
Results: 132 students (69.1%) had no mental disorder; while 53 (27.7%) had slight and 6 (3.2%)
had moderate mental disorders. The rate of severe mental disorders was zero. The most commonly
observed mental disorders were paranoia in 108 students (56.5%), sensitivity in mutual relations in
82 students (44%), and obsessive compulsive disorder in 79 students (41.4%). None of the
demographic variables showed significant statistical relation with mental health status.
Conclusion: The obtained rate for suspicious cases of mental disorders in students of medicine and
dentistry requires more attention in offering health consulting services for them in order to solve
their psychiatry problems.

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Mental health Mental disorder Symptom checklist-90 (SCL-90)

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