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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 133-139

Assessment of Stress Level Among Dental School Setting - An Indian Outlook

Dept. Of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College & Research Centre, Kanth Road, Moradabad-244001, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate perceived sources of stress on dental students and the role of parents in their career choice decisions. Materials and Methods: A modified dental environmental stress questionnaire (DES) which contained 17 questions was administered to all dental students. The responses to the questionnaire are based on a four-point Lick.ert scale, not stressful to severely stressful. Results: A total of 304 undergraduate students constituted the study population, of the respondent 60% were males and 40% were females. The study showed that the final year students had more stress. In gender comparison male suffered more stress (62.9%) than females (60.1%). According to the career choice decision, students forced by parents have more perception of stress (69.0%) and the students staying in the hostel (62.7%) shows more perception of stress than day scholars (56.3%). Conclusion: The study indicates that the congenial environment needs to be created for dental education and the parents also need to be counselled against forcing their children to join an educational programme i.e. not of their choice.

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