Do medical students have a positive outlook on the world?

Original Article, Pol J Public Health 2016;126(3); 126-129

Patrycja Chylińska-Wrzos, Marta Lis-Sochocka, Ewelina Wawryk-Gawda,
Kamila Bulak, Barbara Jodłowska-Jędrych

Chair and Department of Histology and Embryology with Experimental Cytology Unit, Medical University of Lublin, Poland


DOI: 10.1515/pjph-2016-0026

Abstract

Introduction. Upon entering diverse fields of medical science, young people are on the cusp of adulthood. They change their environment and take on new responsibilities, which often translates to stress and depression.
Aim. The main objective of the work was to assess the psychological health in students of Medical University of Lublin.
Material and Methods. The research tool was a questionnaire containing information regarding mental health of first-year students of medicine. The results were statistically analysed in Statistica 11.0, utilising Pearson’s Chi Squared test of independence, with significance set at p<0.05.
Results. Most respondents (55.79%), whether male or female, rarely feel sadness. About 43% of respondents replied that they employ different strategies of coping with stress. 33.47% of all students stated that whenever any problems appear they look for support from their families. Generally, around 47% of all students are happy with their lives. There were, statistical signification between the sex of the students and psychological well-being, and between the sex and the ways of dealing with depression.
Conclusions. Despite the significant stress to which these young people are exposed, they are relatively strong mentally and have a positive outlook towards the lives.

Keywords

responsibilities, students, teaching load, stress.

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