The Sources of Academic Stress among Students of the School of Medical Management and Information

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Fatemeh Khademian 1 , Mohtaram Nematollahi 2 , * , Fariba Farahmand 3

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1 PhD Candidate, Department of Health Information Management, School of Medical Management And Information, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

3 Instructor, Department of Health Information Technology, School of Medical Management and Information, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (6); e61064
Published Online: March 31, 2017
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 30, 2017
Accepted: August 27, 2016

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Background & Objective: Studying at a university is one of the important stressful situations. Previous studies have shown the adverse effects of stress on students' physical and mental health. The aim of the current study was to determine the sources of academic stress and its relation to demographic variables in students at the School of Medical Management and Information of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. 
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 95 students (65 women and 30 men) with a mean age of 21.9 ± 18-30 years (age range: 18-30). The subjects were selected using stratified random sampling method. Data were gathered using the Academic Stress Questionnaire (ASQ) and analyzed using descriptive statistical methods, independent t-test, the Pearson correlation coefficient, and ANOVA. 
Results: The findings indicated that the domain of "difficulty managing work, family, and university" had the highest mean score (4.02 ± 2.31) and the domain of "difficulty with interaction at the university" had the lowest mean score (2.61 ± 1.84). A significant negative association was found between age and the domain of "difficulty managing work, family, and university" (r = -0.026, P = 0.01). In addition, the mean score of second year students was significantly higher in the domains of "difficulty with academic performance in class" (P = 0.03) and "difficulty with academic performance outside the class" (P = 0.04) compared to other domains. The most common stressors were observed in the domain of "difficulty managing work, family, and university". This domain was more important among younger students. 
Conclusion: It is recommended that more attention be paid to this important issue in student educational and counseling programs. 
 

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Stress Stressors Students Iran School of Medical Management and Information

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