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Investigating perceived stress among final-year pharmacy students in Indonesia

Author: SUSI KRISTINA, ANNA WAHYUNI WIDAYANTI, IKA PUSPITA SARI
Abstract: Background: High levels of stress among students leads negative impacts on academic performance and mental health. Study objectives were to assess perceived stress, types of stressors and coping strategies, as well as to determine the association of demographic characteristics with stress levels among student pharmacists in Indonesia. Methods: The present study was questionnaire-based cross-sectional study, carried out in Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Gadjah Mada in December 2019. About 330 final-year students took part in the study. Stress level was measured with 10 items Perceives Stress Scale (PSS), with previously validated and piloted to non-sample students. Descriptive analysis and chi-square test were applied to see the association between demographic groups and stress levels within each sample. Results: About 330 students (out of 351), with response rate 95%, were females (76%), mean age 22.5 (SD 0.86). Majority of students (87%) felt stress within 6 months. The mean PSS score was 29.87 (SD 9.65). A vast majority of students stated they were more stress when facing the national pharmacy examination (87%). Some coping strategies were used by students, with more than 60% of them had talk with friends. The association between students’ characteristics and stress prevalence, showed that female, professional degree, academic stressors were significantly related with higher stress level (p<0.05). Conclusion: Our study concluded that pharmacy students’ self-reported perceived stress cannot be neglected and highlight the necessity of providing these students with programs and activities to alleviate their stress and promote their mental health. Initiating preserve atmosphere and supportive healthy campus could be options to consider as priority.
Keyword: perceived stress; pharmacy students; coping strategies; Indonesia
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2020.12.02.0067
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