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:: Volume 17, Issue 1 (4-2009) ::
Journal of Ilam University of Medical Sciences 2009, 17(1): 8-18 Back to browse issues page
Hypochondrias in Resident Students of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
ALI Talaei * , Mohammadreza Fayazi bordbar
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Introduction: Hypochondrias is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a strong belief and concerns about having a serious malady. As there is little researches on it in Iran, this study was designed to determine the frequency of these symptoms among the students of medicine considering their age, gender and educational major and degree. Materials & Methods: This study was performed on 500 randomly selected students in dormitories of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. Those with a known previous medical or mental disorder or defectiveness were excluded. All the students answered the demographic questions and Evans hypochondrias questionnaires including 36 items. The data was analyzed using appropriate statistical descriptive and analytic tests such as independent t and ANOVA. Findings: In the present study, the prevalence of hypochondrias among the students was %36.8 at the borderline level and 16% at the disorder level. Out of the 70 cases with hypochondriac disorder, 57 people showed mild while 13 cases had moderate symptoms. This disorder was significantly more prevalent in girls than boys (P=0.000). There was no signs of association with marital status (P=0.318). However, all the students with moderate disorders were single. Results of ANOVA showed the differences of hypochondrias variables due to educational fields and curriculum grades. Discussion & Conclusion: The present study showed a higher prevalence of hypochondrias in Iranian students of medicine compared to those in other countries. In contrast to other studies, the disorder proved to be more prevalent in women in this research. In this study, there was also a higher prevalence of symptoms in people with bachelor degrees than those with other educational levels which can be due to inaccurate medical information. In spite of high prevalence rates of hypochondrias symptoms among the students, full criteria disorders were not prevalent.
Keywords: hypochondrias, students, fields of study
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2009/06/23 | Accepted: 2015/04/20 | Published: 2015/04/20
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talaei A, fayazi bordbar M. Hypochondrias in Resident Students of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. J. Ilam Uni. Med. Sci. 2009; 17 (1) :8-18
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