The Impact of Social Support on Students' Behavior in the Context of Iraqi Medical Education

I. D. Al-Hasani, H. S. Salih, A. T. Abdul Wahid, Mohammed Jabarah
2021 Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences  
BACKGROUND: Mental health problems are reflected and linked to human behavior in many aspects. Medical students are susceptible to a wide variety of events that compromise their mental well-being, social life as well as their academic achievements. AIM: This study aimed to find the impact of social support on medical students' behavior in Iraq via assessing their depression, anxiety, and stress status. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey-based study targeted all medical students in Iraq.
more » ... e employed questionnaires covered mental health status of participants by evaluating their perceptions of depression, anxiety, and stress using. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Analysis System. RESULTS: The study revealed a significant influence of social support on students' perceptions of depression and anxiety, but not of their perception of stress. CONCLUSION: Lending social support to medical student is crucial to improve their depression and anxiety with all the positive results that the support brings to their behavior and social life. However, they need more than the social support to keep them safe from academic and daily life stressors.
doi:10.3889/oamjms.2021.7688 fatcat:6shk7mrsyfhbhp4y3bjyagdb6a