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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 46-56

Perceived sources of stress among Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dental Students of Davangere City, India

Department of Community Dentistry, CoUege of Dental Sciences, Kamataka - 577 004, India

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Background: Several studies have shown that dental students experiences high level of stress during education, which can result in depression, anxiety, substance misuse, absenteeism and declining student performance. Objectives: To identify the perceived sources of stress among undergraduate and postgraduate dental students and their relationship with the year of study, gender, and career choice of student, as well as to compare the findings with those reported by other investigators. Methodology: Cross sectional study was conducted on a sample consisting of 724 dental students. Dental Environmental Stress questionnaire was used to collect data. Data analysis was done on SPSS and consisted of ANOVA followed by Tukey post hoc comparisons, Student t-test, and Chi-square test. P values < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results: Stress level among dental students varies according to specific issues. Higher stress levels were reported by females. Conclusion: Dental students are at the risk for harmful consequences of stress, which may be explained by an underlying towards perfectionism with other pressures. Stress at this level may be the roots for future occupational stress.

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