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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 171-177

Perceived Sources of Stress among Indian Dental Students

1 Dept of Community Dentistry, ACPM Dental College & Hospital, Sakri Road, Dhule -424001, India
2 Dept of Community Dentistry, ACPM Dental College & Hospital, Sakri Road, Dhule -424001, India
3 Dept of Orthodontics, ACPM Dental College & Hospital, Sakri Road, Dhule -424001, India
4 Dept of Community Dentistry, Dr DY Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pimpri, Pune, India
5 Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, ACPM Dental College & Hospital, Sakri Road, Dhule -424001, India

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The aim of this study was to investigate the perceived sources of stress and the role of parents in its etiology among dental students in a private dental school in India. A modified Dental Environment Stress (DES) Questionnaire was administered to 328 dental students. The stressors producing the highest rating for perceived stress varied throughout the course but high values were allocated to examinations, fear of failing the course or year, having reduced holidays, amount of assigned class work and approachability to members of staff. Among clinical students high values were observed for lack of time for relaxationd patient management, shortage of allocated clinical time and completing clinical requirement. Overall 2΀ year students perceived greater stress than their counterparts, and non-localites perceived more stress than localites. The students who joined dentistry due to parental pressure showed greater stress than those who joined of their own accord. Male students experienced greater stress than females. Since high levels of perceived stress can reduce students' performance, dental school should consider courses in stress management and parents also need to be counseled against forcing their children to join an educational program that is not of their choice.

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