Effect of a Stress Reduction Programme on Academic Stress and Coping Skills of First Year Medical Students


  • Ajith Premnath Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, MES Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala
  • Sheela Sivan Professor & HOD, Department of Anatomy, Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala
  • Rajmohan Velayudhan Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5468-2305
  • Suni MS Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, MES Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala
  • Raghuram TM Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala




Personality, academic stress, adjustment style, Stress management, negative coping.


Background: Medical students, especially in the first year of their college life, are under stress. Materials and Methods: Study was conducted on 100 first year medical students. The students were given a semi-structured questionnaire to collect sociodemographic data; they were subsequently administered the Academic Stress Scale and the Adjustment Style Inventory. Then a Structured Stress management session was conducted for them, and they were made to practice many stress coping skills for three weeks, following which the questionnaires were re-administered and data collected. The data were analysed with the chi-square test, independent-sample t-test, paired t-test and Pearson’s correlation.

Results: The academic stress and coping scores showed no difference among both sexes. The academic stress score showed a negative correlation with coping scale (p= 0.019). There was a significant reduction in the academic stress score post-intervention (p<0.001). The scores of adjustment styles also showed a significant improvement, and there was a significant improvement in the total adjustment style score and negative coping score post-intervention (p<0.001). The positive coping score, however, did not show a significant change.

Conclusion: Stress management programmes are effective in reducing academic stress and adjustment styles. The students tend to reduce negative coping skills and better manage stress, post-intervention.



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How to Cite

Premnath, A., Sivan, S., Velayudhan, R., MS, S., & TM, R. (2020). Effect of a Stress Reduction Programme on Academic Stress and Coping Skills of First Year Medical Students. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 33(1), 27–33. https://doi.org/10.30834/KJP.33.1.2020.187



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