Year of Study Effects on Stress and Coping Strategies Among Medical and Engineering Students. a Purposive Study in Godavari Districts| P 86 – 93

SSVR Kiranmayi Malyala and Sr. Prof. MVR Raju Andhra University. Visakhapatnam


Various studies across the globe have emphasised that students undertaking
professional courses, such as medical and engineering studies, are subjected to higher
stress. Excessive stress could lead to psychological problems due to lack of stress
coping mechanisms. The objective of the current study was to assess stress among
students of various medical and engineering colleges and its association with various
coping mechanisms. Present study planned for purposive random sampling study and
was conducted in 2020-2021 among students of medical, and engineering colleges
from the rural area of Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India, using a convenience
sampling technique. The calculated total sample size was 1,000. There applied two
tools of SASS, Brief coping questionnaire Analysis was done using SPSS of Anova and
bivariate analysis based on the objectives and hypothesis. Students’ academic stress
scale. 223 (22.3%) of the students are having low academic stress, 443 (44.3%) of the
students were having below-average academic stress, 306 (30.6%) of the students
have average academic stress, and 28 (2.8%) of them have high academic stress. The
table shows that the highest numbers of students (44%) have below-average academic
stress. Only a few of the students, 3% of them have high academic stress. Students
from all the three fields studied were exposed to stress. Academic factors were one of
the most important stressors. The introduction of stress management education into
the curriculum could prove useful in combatting this problem.
Keywords: Psychological Stress, Students, Medical, Students, Engineering, Coping

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