Study-related stress among healthcare students in a university of southern italy
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University of Studies of Messina, Messina Italy
University of Studies of Messina, Messina
University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Napoli Italy
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1288
Background and objective:
Many studies have shown that the stress level among students is often as high as in workers who experience burnout, occurring this especially in healthcare university students. Our study investigated if it is possible to observe the burnout syndrome in these kind of students, able to significantly alter the quality of life, their approach to daily activities and relationship life.

The study was conducted from March 2022 to May 2022 through the administration of an anonymous questionnaire, distributed online through messaging apps, during the breaks between lessons, in the middle of the semester. It was formulated using the perceived stress scale (PSS) in its short formula in order to evaluate feelings and thoughts and the WHOQOL-AGE, in order to evaluate the quality of life.

The sample consisted of 292 university students aged between 18 and 49, 70% females and 30% males, with an average age of 22,42 ± 4,65. In the previous month, 16.4% often did not feel able to control the important things in life, 42.8% often was unable to manage personal problems. The PSS score of all our university students showed a low stress level in 36.6%, an average stress level in 57.2% and a high stress level in 6.2%. The WHOQOL score shows that only 4% had a poor quality of life, 54% had an intermediate quality of life and 42% had a high quality of life. Half of the sample was satisfied with the way he felt every day.

Stress prevention should start since childhood through correct communication and information, in order to overcome stress also using strategies able to teach students how to exploit their resources, so that they are capable to meet the demands that come from outside and adapt successfully.

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