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



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


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.


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.


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


Medical students Quality of life Social support 



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.


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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