Aim: To find out the effect of year of study on
undergraduate dental student’s stress level and to identify various stressors
among undergraduate dental students.
Sectional Comparative Study.
Place & duration of study: The
study was conducted in the Department of Behavioral sciences at University of
Health Sciences, Lahore and data was collected from different dental colleges
of Punjab based on convenience sampling technique.
Methods: 90 students from each professional year were chosen, with total sample
size of 360. Convenience sampling technique was used. Proportion
allocation was done for male and female student proportion calculation. DES
questionnaire was distributed as per this allocation. This questionnaire
contained 41 items, with seven sub categories.
Results: Overall stress score was highest among students of third-year followed
by final year and second year students. Stress score was least among students
of first year. Among different stressors stress of workload was highest among
students, followed by performance pressure and patient treatment stressor.
Social stressor was least present among undergraduate students.
Conclusion: Stress level was significantly high among undergraduate
dental students, with third year being the most stressful year followed by
final year. Workload stressor was highest among all stressors.
Keywords:Dental students, Stress level, Different