Volume 10, Issue 4 (11-2020)                   JHSW 2020, 10(4): 408-415 | Back to browse issues page

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Keikavoosi-Arani L, Seyed Someah M. Assessing Levels of Occupational Stress among Clinical Dental Students. JHSW. 2020; 10 (4) :408-415
URL: http://jhsw.tums.ac.ir/article-1-6417-en.html
1- Department of Healthcare Services Management, School of Health, Research Center for Health, Safety and EnvironmentAlborz university of medical sciences, Karaj, Iran , leila_keikavoosi@yahoo.com
2- Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Introduction: Occupational stress is known today as one of the biggest challenges to higher education policy-makers. Students with high levels of stress find themselves lacking in self-confidence, vulnerable in controlling academic processes, and unable to compensate for clinical weaknesses. The main purpose of this study was to assess the levels of occupational stress among clinical dental students of Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Alborz, Iran.
Material and Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytic research with a cross-sectional design. The statistical population included all dental clinical students enrolled in the 7th, 9th, and 11th semesters in 2018 (n=84). According to the Krejcie and Morgan’s table, the sample size was 70. The data were also collected through the Osipow Occupational Stress Questionnaire, and then analyzed using the SPSS Statistics software (ver. 22). Besides, t-test was employed to investigate the relationship between variables and stress.
Results: The results revealed that the mean score of the students was 150.8. The mean total stress in the age group above 26 years was also 158 and that was 147 for those under the age of 26 (P-value=0.027). Besides, the mean score of overall occupational stress was equal in women and men. Comparisons also demonstrated that students in the 9th and 11th semesters (mean=161) were undergoing more stress than the ones enrolled in the 7th semester (mean=147) (P-value=0.014).
Conclusion: It was concluded that these clinical dental students were suffering from moderate-to-severe occupational stress. Likewise, older students had more stress than younger counterparts did. As well, male and female students’ levels of occupational stress were the same. Resolving this issue accordingly required special attention by higher education policy-makers to provide support and counseling in this respect.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2020/12/2 | Accepted: 2020/11/30 | Published: 2020/11/30

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