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      Effect of medical school stress on the mental health of medical students in early and late clinical curriculum.

      Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
      Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Curriculum, Education, Medical, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, diagnosis, epidemiology, psychology, Norway, Personality Tests, Self Concept, Stress, Psychological, complications, Students, Medical

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          Earlier research has shown that medical students in the United Kingdom and the United States report a higher level of nervous symptoms than the general population. To better understand how medical students in Norway compare with these findings, 299 male and female students in the clinical curriculum at the University of Oslo were asked to complete a questionnaire about themselves and their mental health. Medical students in Norway do not differ from the general population in mental health. However, the students report a lower level of general self-esteem than the general population. The male students had more nervous symptoms and a less general self-esteem than the female students compared with the general population. This research also shows that medical school stress is a good predictor of nervous symptoms even when psychosocial variables such as marital or cohabitation status, confident other and general self-esteem are taken into consideration.

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