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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 4
First page : ( 127) Last page : ( 131)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2017.00326.6

An Assessment of The Stress Levels of Students Entering Medical School in Indonesia

Dasman Hardisman1,*, Yanis Amel2

1Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Andalas University, Indonesia

2Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine of Andalas University, Indonesia

*Corresponding author: Hardisman Dasman, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Andalas University, Indonesia, E-mail: hardisman@fk.unand.ac.id

Online published on 15 December, 2017.



Many studies have reported that distress and related psychological health problems are higher among medical students compare to the general population. There have been no studies in Indonesia that have assess the stress level of medical students entering medical schools and longitudinally. This study assesses baseline stress levels of students entering medical schools.


A cross sectional survey was conducted on 2013 intake of new medical students. We recruited 263 participants between September and October 2013 during the first two months of their university life. Level of distress was measured using an Indonesian version of the WHO General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12).


Of 263 students, 52.2% were classified as being at risk of stress and 14.8% were classified as "stressed". There were no significant difference in level of stress between male and female students and those students with different socioeconomic status and geographic category(p>0.05). However, students from lower socioeconomic background and those from rural regions reported slightly higher levels of stress, though this difference was not significant (p>0.05). Students who obtained specific government scholarship due to low socioeconomic status were significantly higher of stress level (p<0.05).


The study shows that new medical students had high levels of stress compare to the general public as measured by GHQ-12. Follow up study is planned to assess the effect of stress longitudinally in relation to academic performance.



New Medical Student, GHQ-12, Stress, Indonesia.


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