Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
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An Investigation of the Relationship between Spiritual Health and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress among Students of Ilam University of Medical Sciences

Author(s): Seyed Rahmatollah Mousavi moghadam, Mostafa Madmoli, Sasan Nikpay


Due to daily occupational stress, students of medical sciences may experience some disorders in their spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Therefore, this study was conducted to determine the relationship between spiritual health and depression, anxiety, and stress among the students of Ilam University of medical sciences in 1395. This is a descriptive-cross sectional study that was performed on 300 randomly selected students of Ilam University of medical sciences in 1395. In order to measure the level of spiritual health among the participants, Paloutzian-Ellison’s 20-item standard questionnaire was utilized and DASS-21 questionnaire was used to measure variables depression, anxiety, and stress. Findings: In the present study, of 300 subjects under investigation, 194 subjects (64.6 percent) were female. The highest frequencies for depression, anxiety, severe stress, and extremely severe stress were observed among single subjects (12, 20, and 10.6 respectively). Pearson’s correlation coefficient indicated that there is a statistically significant linear correlation between the mean score of spiritual health and the level of depression, anxiety, and stress in students (p=0.001). Conclusion: Results of this research showed a positive correlation between spiritual health and indices depression, anxiety, and stress among students of Ilam University of medical sciences. Accordingly, it can be said that acquiring skills in the domain of spiritual health for medical sciences students is as necessary as acquiring nursing and medical care skills.

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