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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 180–184 | Cite as

Perceived Social Support as a Determinant of Quality of Life Among Medical Students: 6-Month Follow-up Study

  • In Cheol Hwang
  • Kwi Hwa ParkEmail author
  • Jin Joo Kim
  • Jun Yim
  • Kwang Pil Ko
  • Seung Min Bae
  • Sun Young Kyung
In Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

This longitudinal study aimed to identify the relevant factors related to quality of life (QoL) changes in medical students.

Methods

For this 6-month follow-up study, we enrolled 109 students from a Korean medical school. To assess students’ QoL, we used the World Health Organization QoL scale. Possible determinants of student QoL included demographics, fatigue, and social support. A stepwise multivariate analysis identified factors associated with changes of student QoL.

Results

Among sources of support, the “friends” category was the main position affecting their overall QoL, and “significant other” had the strongest influence on psychological and social domains. The impact of support from friends on QoL was confirmed in the longitudinal analysis. Final regression models revealed that providing students with more social support and promoting fatigue reduction best improved medical student sense of well-being.

Conclusion

Creating stronger student support programs to prevent social detachment and implementing strategies to reduce fatigue can improve QoL in medical students.

Keywords

Medical students Quality of life Social support 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank our students who participated in this study. Kwi Hwa Park and Jin Joo Kim contributed equally to this work.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This study was approved by the institutional review board of the Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea (GBIRB2015-13), and was performed in accordance with the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki. All students provided written informed consent before enrolled in this study.

Disclosures

No competing financial interest exists, and no funding was received for this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • In Cheol Hwang
    • 1
  • Kwi Hwa Park
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jin Joo Kim
    • 1
  • Jun Yim
    • 1
  • Kwang Pil Ko
    • 1
  • Seung Min Bae
    • 1
  • Sun Young Kyung
    • 1
  1. 1.Gachon University School of MedicineIncheonSouth Korea

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