Stress, Coping Strategies, and Academic Performance of Dentistry Students – Doreen Leigh Bello, Mylene Gumarao

Abstract
The purpose of the study was to determine dentistry students’ stress level
and coping mechanisms and their relationship to academic performance.
The study used descriptive-correlational design and purposive sampling
technique. The respondents were 120 Dental Proper students from Adventist University
of the Philippines; 75 (63%) of which are female and 45 (37%) are males. Adapted
survey questionnaires that measure the stress variable by Gumarao (2011) and COPE
questionnaire by De Leon (2013) for the coping strategies were used. The academic
performance was measured by determining the overall GPA of the respondents. The
questionnaires were distributed and retrieved. The data were encoded, treated, and
analyzed by the statistician. The results show that the respondents have average stress
level. Most of the respondents experienced highphysical stress, moderately high
behavioral stress, and averageemotional stress in general. Among the coping strategies,
emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping were often exhibited by the
respondents while avoidant coping was rarely exhibited. In general, the respondents
used coping strategies in an averagelevel. The overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of
the respondents was good.There is no significant relationship between stress and
academic performance but there is a significant negative relationship between avoidant
coping strategy used and academic performance implying that the more avoidant coping
strategy is used, the lower is the academic performance of the respondents.
Keywords: stress, academic performance, coping strategies

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