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A 2023 nationwide study on adjustment disorder among first year MBBS students in India



Mayank Agarwal1, Priyanka Sharma*,2, Ayan Goswami3 & Roopali Mittal2



1Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India; 2Department of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences and Research, Sharda University, Greater Noida, India; 3Department of Physiology, Santiniketan Medical College, Bolpur, West Bengal, India; *Corresponding author



Mayank Agarwal - E-mail: mayank.physiology@aiimsrbl.edu.in

Priyanka Sharma - E-mail: priyanka.sharma8@sharda.ac.in

Ayan Goswami - E-mail: dr.ayangoswami@gmail.com

Roopali Mittal - E-mail: roopali.mittal@sharda.ac.in


Article Type

Research Article



Received February 1, 2024; Revised February 29, 2024; Accepted February 29, 2024, Published February 29, 2024



Amidst the complex transition to medical college, encompassing a myriad of academic, social, and personal adjustments, MBBS students in India confront multifaceted challenges that can precipitate adjustment disorder, a phenomenon understudied within the Indian context. Therefore, it is of interest to assess adjustment disorder among first-year MBBS students within six months of enrolment. We used a Google form encompassing adjustment disorder new-module 20 for data collection and found that 67% of the 401 responses from first-year medical students exhibited adjustment disorder. The top stressors identified included time pressure, work pressure, financial problems, moving to a new home, and termination of important leisure activities. Female gender, age group 21-25, conflicts in working life, financial problems, own serious illness, family conflicts, pressure to meet deadlines, and excessive workload showed significant associations with adjustment disorder.



Adjustment disorder, India, medical students, mental health, undergraduate medical education



Agarwal et al. Bioinformation 20(2): 190-195 (2024)


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P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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