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Table 2 Response pattern of the 33 sources of stress and perceived severity (rated in a likert scale of 1-10) as reported by the students

From: Perceived Stress, Sources and Severity of Stress among medical undergraduates in a Pakistani Medical School

  Frequency of occurrence Severity
Sources of Stress Never/Rarely
(%)
Sometimes
(%)
Often/Always
(%)
Median IQR*
Academic Stressors
   Frequency of Examinations 20 21 59 6 3 - 8
   Performance in Examinations 18 36 46 6 3 - 7
   Academic Curriculum 20 30 50 5 3 - 7
   Dissatisfaction with Class Lectures 29 42 29 5 3 - 7
   Non-Availability of Adequate learning materials 39 26 35 5 2 - 7
   Becoming a Doctor 30 30 40 5 2 - 8
   Lack of time for recreation 36 29 35 5 2 - 7
   Competition with Peers 43 23 34 4 1 - 7
   Performance in practicals 65 16 19 2 1 - 4
   Lack of special guidance from faculty 68 20 12 2 1 - 4
Psychosocial Stressors
   High Parental Expectations 24 13 63 7 3 - 10
   Loneliness 30 29 41 5 2 - 8
   Family Problems 46 29 25 4 1 - 7
   Accommodation away from home 41 24 35 4 1 - 8
   Political situation in the country 47 21 32 4 2 - 7
   Relations with the Opposite Sex 55 21 24 3 1 - 7
   Difficulty reading text books 63 26 11 3 1 - 5
   Lack of entertainment in the institution and Lahore itself 52 24 24 3 1 - 6
   Difficulty in the journey back home 49 17 34 3 1 - 7
   Quality of food in mess 44 21 35 3 1 - 8
   Financial strain 53 24 23 3 1 - 6
   Inability to socialize with peers 63 20 17 3 1 - 5
   Living conditions in the hostel 63 15 22 1 1 - 5
   Member of fraternity or sorority 83 6 11 1 1 - 2
   Lack of personal interest in medicine 76 14 10 1 1 - 3
   Adjustment with roommate/s 69 10 21 1 1 - 5
Health Related Stressors
   Sleeping Difficulties 27 25 48 6 3 - 8
   Class Attendance 49 23 28 4 1 - 6
   Nutrition 43 25 32 4 2 - 7
   Exercise 46 22 32 4 1 - 7
   Quality of food in mess 44 21 35 3 1 - 8
   Physical disability 63 21 16 2 1 - 5
   Alcohol/Drug abuse/Smoking 86 2 12 1 1 - 1
  1. *Inter Quartile Range