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Assessment of Dental Environment Stress and Related Factors in Dental Students
M Rabiei *, M Safarpour
Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine dept, School of Dentistry, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Iran , rabiei@gums.ac.ir
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Introduction: Dentistry has been widely acknowledged as being associated with high levels of stress. This stress originates in the process of dental education. If psychological stressors become chronic and remain untreated, they cause in psychological and physical diseases, which is harmful for educational system. The aim of this study was to assess dental environment stress (DES) in students of the faculties of dentistry of Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out by recruited 167 dental students (74 males and 93 females) Rasht Dentistry and International branch faculty of Guilan University) 2015-2016 .( Data were collected using the Dental Environment stress Questionnaire (consist of 32 items in 6 scales) and demographic questions. Data were analyzed in SPSS software using independent t-test and ANOVA.
Results: the mean age of students was 23.7±2.4 years. Mean score of stress was 2.27±0.50 (out of 4). among stressful fields, the highest and lowest mean related to Treatment of patients (2.41±0.64) and beliefs respectively. From 32 statements, the highest stress mean was full fear of examinations and grades (2.95± 0.917). Students of fifth academic year also female students  showed the highest level of stress  through logistic regression multiple analysis (Odds Ratio=2.3, 95%CI OR: 1.1-4.84). Students living with parents during term time had significantly higher total stress scores than other  students (Odds Ratio=2.67, 95% CI OR: 1.1-6.4).
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, high levels of stress as well as its harmfulness among dental students, greater attentions must be given to this issue by the authorities. Furthermore, the girls and the fifth year students are in the greatest need of help.
Keywords: Stress, Dentistry, Students, Education
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