Medical students' academic distress, coping, and achievement strategies during the preclinical years

Citation
Pm. Niemi et Pt. Vainiomaki, Medical students' academic distress, coping, and achievement strategies during the preclinical years, TEACH L MED, 11(3), 1999, pp. 125-134
Citations number
28
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1040-1334 → ACNP
Volume
11
Issue
3
Year of publication
1999
Pages
125 - 134
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-1334(1999)11:3<125:MSADCA>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Background: Medical students' distress during medical education has attract ed increasing attention. It is unclear what kind of coping strategies are m ost widely used and most adaptive in the different phases of the medical ed ucation and career. Purposes: Medical students' (N = 110) academic distress, coping, and achiev ement strategies were explored during their 2.5-year preclinical training. Methods: The students responded to inquiries at 3 points in time. Both ques tionnaires and individual interviews were used. Results: The time and coping strategies were associated with the students' achievement strategies and stress symptoms. There was a significant increas e of symptoms during the first 2 study years. Although a majority of the st udents seemed to cope well with the stress, a subgroup with dysfunctional a nd inadequate strategies was identified to be at risk for negative developm ent. Conclusions: More attention should be given to medical students' distress a nd coping efforts during the first study years. Preventive measures by medi cal educators are discussed.