Level of perceived stress and coping strategies prevailing among 1st year medical undergraduate students: A cross-sectional study from south India
Context: To maintain high level of proficiency and better health outcome of patient medical professionals suffer from higher degree of stress. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence of stress and associated coping strategies medical undergraduate students in a south Indian medical college. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study done 1st year students in a private medical college in Tamil Nadu, India. A self-administered pretested questionnaire was used to collect basic socio-demographic information, perceived mental stress (PSS- 10) and coping strategies (Brief COPE). Results: About 80% of the boys and 75% of the girls reported a moderate or higher stress level according to the PSS. Most commonly employed coping mechanism among stressed student was religious methods (25%). Among boys, the most common mechanism was humor (26%) and that of girls was religious methods (30%). Conclusions: Stress is common among first year medical students. Requirement of stress management training in the MBBS students.