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Prevalence of psychological stress among undergraduate students attending a health programme in a Malaysian University


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Phang, Cheng Kar and Mohd Sidik, Sherina and Jamil @ Osman, Zubaidah and Naing, Khin Ohnmar@Noor Jan and Mukhtar, Firdaus and Ismail, Siti Irma Fadhilah and Ibrahim, Normala (2015) Prevalence of psychological stress among undergraduate students attending a health programme in a Malaysian University. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 23 (1). pp. 29-35. ISSN 0128-7680; ESSN: 2231-8526

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Psychological stress among undergraduate students is associated with poor academic results, physical ill-health and psychiatric disorders. The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of psychological stress and its associated factors among undergraduate students attending a health programme in a local university. This is a cross-sectional study among undergraduate students attending a health programme in a local university. The 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was used to determine the presence of psychological stress at a cut-off point of 4 and above. Analysis was conducted to determine any association between gender, ethnicity, year of study in the university, recent health-seeking contact with a doctor, and psychological stress among the participants. The prevalence of psychological stress among undergraduate students attending a health program in a Malaysian University was 49.3%. There was no significant association with any of the socio-demographic factors studied (p>0.05). The prevalence of psychological stress in this study was significantly high, and irrespective of gender, ethnicity, year of study in the university, and recent health-seeking contact with a doctor. Hence, the findings of this study show that it may be a useful strategy to integrate such health programs regularly in activities of colleges and universities, with the aim of promoting mental health and wellness among the students.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Anxiety; Depression; General health questionnaire (GHQ); Mental health; Psychological stress; Undergraduates; University
Depositing User: Najah Mohd Ali
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:45
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/40631
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