Stress and Coping Among Students Preparing For Medical Entrance Examinations

  • SK Mishra BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
  • AK Yadav BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
  • P Khadka BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
  • P KC BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Keywords: stress, depression, anxiety, medical students


Introduction: Medical education is a demanding one with thousands of students appearing for the entrance examinations. The preparation for the examination can take a toll on the students. Despite this virtually no studies have looked into the mental health state of these students.

Material and Method: 261 students preparing for medical entrance examinations in a coaching institute were assessed using DASS-21 and Brief COPE Inventory.

Results: 63.8%, 82% and 51.3% of the participants reported suffering from depressive symptoms, anxiety and stress respectively of which 8%, 23% and 1.9% reported suffering from extremely severe depression, anxiety and stress respectively. Students mostly used planning, positive reframing and active coping to cope with the stress.

Conclusion: Students preparing for medical entrance suffered from considerable stress and psychological interventions need to be formulated to help them.


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Author Biographies

SK Mishra, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

AK Yadav, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

MBBS Student

P Khadka, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

MBBS Student

P KC, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

MBBS Student

How to Cite
Mishra, S., Yadav, A., Khadka, P., & KC, P. (2020). Stress and Coping Among Students Preparing For Medical Entrance Examinations. Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal, 9(2), 42-47.
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