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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-56

Course stress and career satisfaction among medical students of delta state university, Abraka, Nigeria

Community Medicine Department, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State

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M l Ntaji
Community Medicine Department, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State

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Background: Medical students experience tremendous amount of stress in the course of their training with possible mental and physical effects. The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence and sources of stress among medical students and their coping stretegies. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 341 medical students of Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. Self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain the required information Data was analysed using SPSS version 13 software. Results: The response rate was 94.7%. Two hundred and twenty-five (66.0%) were satisfied with their course ana 257(75.4%) felt medicine was stressful. The 400 level students had the highest proportion of students (77.1%) that felt stressful. More respondents (77.5%) dissatisfied with their course felt more stressful than respondents (74.2%) satisfied with medicine (p=0.79). Academic factors (88.3%) was the most common source of stress. Conclusion: The level of stress was found to be high and mainly due to academics. There is need for the College of Health Sciences to introduce stress management programmes for the students.

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