Coping Ability of Medical and Nursing Students: A Cause of Concern
Ramkumar, S; Rakshita, C; Elizabeth, J; Mathews, J; Prakash, VS and Sharma, R (2011) Coping Ability of Medical and Nursing Students: A Cause of Concern. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 10 (2). ISSN 0972-5997
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Background: Medical students today are subject to a variety of stress; academic, social, emotional or stress in the form of affliction of health during their stay at medical school. The physiological response to these depends on various factors including their inherent coping abilities. This study was designed to examine the coping ability of medical and nursing students at the time of admission to medical school. Materials and Methods: 42 medical and 34 nursing students volunteered for the study. They were administered the BAI questionnaire and classified as good and poor adjusters based on their score. Results: The study revealed an unsatisfactory overall coping ability to be prevalent among medical and nursing students. Conclusion: This study showed that there is a need for orientation and counselling of medical and nursing students at the start of college.
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