International Journal of Medicine and Health Development

ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 19--25

Prevalence and factors associated with susceptibility to stress-related illnesses among medical students in a Nigerian Medical School


Josephat Chinawa1, Awoere Chinawa2, Elias Aniwada3, Oge Amadi4 
1 Department of Paediatrics, College University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, Enugu state University Teaching Hospital, Enugu State, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
4 Department of Paediatics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Josephat Chinawa
Department of Paediatrics, College University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu State
Nigeria

Objectives: This study aims to determine the prevalence and factors associated with susceptibility to stress-related illnesses among medical students in a Nigerian medical school. Methods: A total of 379 medical students were enrolled by simple random sampling. A selfadministered ‘International Stress Management Association’(ISMA) STRESS questionnaire was used to evaluate susceptibility to stress-related illnessesamong the subjects. Statistical analysis was done with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPPS) version 19 (Chicago IL). Results: Among the medical students studied, 21.1% (80/379) are susceptible to stress-related illnesses and could be prone to many traits or characteristics that are creating un-healthy behaviours. Females 15.7% (26/379) are more susceptible to stress related illness when compared to males 25.4% (54/379) and it is statistically significant (p<0.05).Those from upper class are more susceptible to stress related illness when compared to other classes, though this is not statistically significant. (p= 0.45). Conclusions: A relatively high number of medical students are susceptible to stress-related illnesses with a female predominance.


How to cite this article:
Chinawa J, Chinawa A, Aniwada E, Amadi O. Prevalence and factors associated with susceptibility to stress-related illnesses among medical students in a Nigerian Medical School.Int J Med Health Dev 2015;20:19-25


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Chinawa J, Chinawa A, Aniwada E, Amadi O. Prevalence and factors associated with susceptibility to stress-related illnesses among medical students in a Nigerian Medical School. Int J Med Health Dev [serial online] 2015 [cited 2023 Jun 3 ];20:19-25
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