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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 26-33

Sources of Stress and Psychological Disturbance among Dental Students

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Alapalckam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai., India

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The aim of the study was to identify the sources of stress and the psychological well being of undergraduate dental students. A questionnaire survey was conducted among 283 students of Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It showed that the most stressful factor affecting dental students is to be financially dependant after 22 years followed by attending viva - voce and preparing for written examinations. Mild to moderate perception of stress was seen among the majority of dental students. Final year students were the most subjected to stress followed by the interns. Students who had chosen dentistry as they had no other option were subjected to highest levels of stress. When analyzed according to PGWB scale, it was found statistically that the majority of third year students, final year students and interns and those who chose dentistry as they had no other option were subjected to moderate perception of stress. Plans should be made for reconsidering the curriculum, fee structure and job facilities for undergraduate dental students to minimize their stress levels and improve their psychological well being.

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