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First- and last-year medical students : is there a difference in the prevalence and intensity of anxiety and depressive symptoms?

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First- and last-year medical students : is there a difference in the prevalence and intensity of anxiety and depressive symptoms?

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Título First- and last-year medical students : is there a difference in the prevalence and intensity of anxiety and depressive symptoms?
Autor Bassols, Ana Margareth Siqueira
Okabayashi, Lucas Seiki Mestre
Silva, Anaís Back da
Carneiro, Bruna Brasil
Feijó, Fernando Ribas
Guimarães, Guilherme Corrêa
Côrtes, Gabriela Neubarth
Rohde, Luis Augusto Paim
Eizirik, Claudio Laks
Abstract Objective: Medical training is considered a significant stress factor. We sought to assess the prevalence and intensity of anxiety and depressive symptoms in medical students and compare samples of first-year and sixth-year students. Method: This was a cross-sectional study of first- and sixth-year medical students who attended classes regularly. The study instruments were a sociodemographic questionnaire, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). Results: A total of 232 students (110 first-year, 122 sixth-year) completed the questionnaires, for a response rate of 67.4%. Overall 50.4% of respondents were male (56.4% of first-year and 45.1% of sixth-year students). Anxiety symptoms were reported by 30.8% of first-year students and 9.4% of sixth-year students (p , 0.001). Female students were more affected by anxiety. There were no significant between-group differences in depressive symptoms. Conclusion: A higher prevalence of anxiety symptoms was found in first-year medical students as compared with sixth-year students. Strategies should be developed to help medical students, particularly female students, manage these symptoms at the beginning of their medical training.
Contido em Revista brasileira de psiquiatria (1999). São Paulo. Vol. 36, n. 3 (jul./set. 2014), p. 233-240
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Estudantes de medicina
Origem Nacional
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/118216
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