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Quality of Life and Stress Factors for Veterinary Medical Students
Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (2005)
  • Elizabeth Strand, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • T.L. Zaparanick
  • James J. Brace, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Psychological distress has been shown to affect the academic success, health, emotional well-being, and dropout rates of medical students. Although it can be assumed that stress has similar effects on veterinary students, there is a paucity of research pertaining to the psychological stressors and coping strategies of this group. This article focuses on selected non-academic areas (as identified through a survey of currently enrolled students) that can create significant stressors for veterinary students. Also assessed and discussed here are poor coping strategies (e.g., substance abuse) and gender differences in perceived stressors and coping strategies that emerged from the survey. Results suggest the need for veterinary programs to integrate academic and professional skills instruction with personal life balance training and access to psychological services.
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Elizabeth Strand, T.L. Zaparanick and James J. Brace. "Quality of Life and Stress Factors for Veterinary Medical Students" Journal of Veterinary Medical Education Vol. 32 Iss. 2 (2005)
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