Factors associated with stress among medical students

J Pak Med Assoc. 2015 Jul;65(7):753-5.


Objective: To determine the probable factors responsible for stress among undergraduate medical students.

Methods: The qualitative descriptive study was conducted at a public-sector medical college in Islamabad, Pakistan, from January to April 2014. Self-administered open-ended questionnaires were used to collect data from first year medical students in order to study the factors associated with the new environment.

Results: There were 115 students in the study with a mean age of 19±6.76 years. Overall, 35(30.4%) students had mild to moderate physical problems, 20(17.4%) had severe physical problems and 60(52.2%) did not have any physical problem. Average stress score was 19.6±6.76. Major elements responsible for stress identified were environmental factors, new college environment, student abuse, tough study routines and personal factors.

Conclusions: Majority of undergraduate students experienced stress due to both academic and emotional factors.

Keywords: Medical students, Stress, Factors..

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Bullying
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pakistan
  • Qualitative Research
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult