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Table 1 Percentage of frequency of occurrence of the 28 sources of stress and perceived severity (rated in a likert scale of 1–10) as reported by the students

From: Psychological morbidity, sources of stress and coping strategies among undergraduate medical students of Nepal

Sources of stress Frequency of occurrence Severity
  Never/rarely Sometimes Often/always Median IQR*
Quality of food in mess 17.1 22.5 60.4 8 4–10
High parental expectations 22.4 25.3 52.3 5 3–8
Dissatisfaction with the class lectures 16.9 36.2 46.8 5 4–7
Vastness of Academic curriculum/syllabus 9.3 45.5 45.2 5 4–7
Worry about the future 23.9 31.5 44.6 6 3–8
Lack of entertainment in the institution 29.6 29.4 41 5 3–8
Frequency of examinations 24 36.2 39.8 5 3–7
Becoming a doctor (expectations on all fronts) 26.6 35.3 38.1 5 3–7
Performance in examinations 23.9 40.7 35.4 5 3–7
Lack of time for recreation 27.8 36 36.2 5 3–7
Adjustment with roommate/s 49.2 22.1 28.7 3 1–6
Accommodation away from home 46.7 32.4 25.9 4 2–6
Difficulty in the journey back home 46.8 27.4 25.8 4 2–6
Non-availability of adequate learning materials 40.8 33.4 25.8 4 2–6
Sleeping difficulties (overstrain/disturbances in hostel) 45.3 29.4 25.3 5 2–6
Living conditions in hostel 37.1 38.5 24.4 4 2–7
Lack of special guidance from faculty 36.8 40.7 22.5 4 2–6
Political situation of the country 52.6 25.2 22.2 4 1–6
Competition with peers 56.6 21.7 21.7 5 1–5
Performance in practicals/Clinical postings 51 27 22 3 1–5
Feeling of Loneliness 41.7 38.5 19.8 4 2–6
Relations with the opposite sex 48.9 33.1 18 3 1–5
Financial strain (financial instability in the family) 61.9 23.9 14.1 3 1–5
lllness affecting performances in class and examinations 53.5 34.3 12.3 3 2–5
Difficulty in reading the text books 48.1 39.9 12 4 2–5
Inability to socialize with peers 61.9 27.1 11.1 3 1–5
Family problems (Health related, lack of bonding etc) 74.2 19.5 6.3 2 1–4
Physical disability/limitations 76.4 15.6 8 1 1–4
Alcohol/drug abuse 89.6 7 3.4 1 1–2
  1. * IQR inter quartile range