Assessment of stress coping skills in first BDS students

Sonali Khanapurkar, Veenodini Warhade, Deepti Kulkarni, Rajeev Saxena
Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology   unpublished
Coping strategies are defined as how a person reacts or responds to a stress. Effective and appropriate coping strategy may minimize the impact of stressful situation on one's well-being. The dental profession is considered to be one of the most stressful health professions. Stress hampers not only academic performance but also has deleterious effect on one's physical and psychological health. So the present study is undertaken with the aim of identifying coping strategies in first year dental
more » ... first year dental students. Material and Method: The sample size was 98 students (90 females and 8 males). Study was carried out using a validated questionnaire. The students had to mark those tactics which they were commonly using as their coping tactics to manage the stressful event. Results: The data was statistically analysed and it was found that all aspects of the coping skills were better developed in these students. More than 60% students were using adaptive coping strategies. Most commonly used skills were positive reinforcement, accepting responsibility and problem solving skills. Conclusion: The first year BDS students were showing very well developed adaptive coping strategies at the start of their carrier course.