Identification of medical student problems and comparison with those of other students

J Med Educ. 1983 Oct;58(10):759-67. doi: 10.1097/00001888-198310000-00001.


The perceived problems of 585 medical students were compared with those of 1,110 students in the other health sciences colleges at the same institution. Through the use of a 5-point Likert scale, the students were able to indicate the degree to which each of 83 problem items on an inventory was of concern to them. The inventory included items concerning problems with life situation and school environment, other people, behavior, and feelings. The medical students were found to have the same spectrum of perceived problems as the other students but complained of these problems significantly more intensely on 35 items. Married students as a group responded to the problem items with significantly less intensity than the single students. Analyses of subgroups by marital status, gender, age, and year in school are also reported.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events*
  • Perception*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • South Carolina
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Students, Health Occupations / psychology*
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires