Anxiety for the future among medical students Tip Fakültesi öǧrencilerinde gelecek endişesi


SENDROM, vol.16, no.10, pp.46-51, 2004 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Name: SENDROM
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-51
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study was to observe anxiety for the future experienced by medical students during medical education and to investigate some factors related to this anxiety. A prospective six-year follow-up study was planned among 126 medical students who were registered in the survey in 1996. All participants completed a questionnaire at registration term and at the beginning of each following academic year. Using this questionnaire, students selected most appropriate score between 0 (=no anxiety) and 10 (=serious anxiety) to express the degree of their anxiety about their future. Independent variables were gender, family oriented problems, economic problems, monthly income, willingness to be a medical student, and Entrance Examination for Specialties in Medicine. A significant increase has been observed in anxiety scores of medical students during six years of follow-up. Gender, economic problems and specialty examinations were found to have an impact on the anxiety scores of medical students. Newly granted opportunities may solve the economical problems. However anxiety about occupational career can only be decreased by making primary care healthcare more attractive for the students.