Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2016, Pages 177 - 185

Extracurricular activities associated with stress and burnout in preclinical medical students

Authors
Jawad Faresa, *, jyf04@mail.aub.edu, Zein Saadeddina, Hayat Al Tabosha, Hussam Aridia, Christopher El Mouhayyara, Mohamad Karim Koleilata, Monique Chaayab, Khalil El Asmarb
aFaculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
bDepartment of Epidemiology and Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
*Corresponding author.
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Received 16 September 2015, Accepted 25 October 2015, Available Online 28 November 2015.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jegh.2015.10.003How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Burnout; Extracurricular activities; Medical education; Preclinical medical students; Stress
Abstract

This study aims to assess the prevalence of stress and burnout among preclinical medical students in a private university in Beirut, Lebanon, and evaluate the association between extracurricular involvement and stress and burnout relief in preclinical medical students. A cross-sectional survey was conducted on a random sample of 165 preclinical medical students. Distress level was measured using the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) while that of burnout was measured through the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey (MBI-SS). The MBI-SS assesses three interrelated dimensions: emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and academic efficacy. Extracurricular activities were divided into four categories: physical exercise, music, reading, and social activities. All selected participants responded. A substantial proportion of preclinical medical students suffered from stress (62%) and burnout (75%). Bivariate and multivariate regression analyses revealed that being a female or a 1st year medical student correlated with higher stress and burnout. Music-related activities were correlated with lower burnout. Social activities or living with parents were associated with lower academic efficacy. The high stress and burnout levels call for action. Addressing the studying conditions and attending to the psychological wellbeing of preclinical medical students are recommendations made in the study.

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© 2015 Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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Journal
Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
Volume-Issue
6 - 3
Pages
177 - 185
Publication Date
2015/11/28
ISSN (Online)
2210-6014
ISSN (Print)
2210-6006
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jegh.2015.10.003How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2015 Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Open Access
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

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