Title: A Comparative Evaluation of Perceived Stress Among American and Indian Dental Students
Bapanaiah Penugonda (Presenter)
New York University
Lakshmayya Naidu, Lenora institute of dental sciences
Mehak Gupta, UIDS,Panjab university
Angela De bartolo, New York University
The main objective of this study is to analyze the stress related problems among the dental students at New York University College of dentistry, New York; Lenora institute of dental sciences, India and Anil Neerukonda institute of dental sciences, India.
Survey questionnaire consisting of 10 questions was distributed among third and fourth year dental students including 100 students of New York University, 96 students of Lenora institute and 55 students of Anil Neerukonda institute. 37% males and 63% females participated in this survey at New York University. In India, 13% males and 87% females at Lenora institute and 15% males and 85% females at Anil Neerukonda institute were assessed. The chi-square test was used to assess the correlation between stress and various demographic variables.
Results: The response rate was 85% at New York University and a cumulative 92% of both dental schools in India. Among American dental students, 52% non-Hispanic white, 28% Asian and 25% Latino exhibited enormous levels of perceived stress affecting 51% of females and 32% of males. On the contrary, only 35% of females and 18% of males amid Indian dental students suffered from extreme stress. Excessive workload and lack of clinical training imposed higher levels of stress affecting more New York university female dental students.
Evidence from this survey demonstrates that stress level among American dental students is significantly higher than Indian students and is extensively sex-dependent being more prevalent in females than males. The information gathered from this survey will enlighten administration and faculty to understand and minimize stress among dental students for better academic, clinical performance and personal well-being.