PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS AND ITS RELATION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS
 
Kumaraswamy, N., University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
 
In order to assess the psychologictime online, loose sleep due to late night logons and felt life would be boring without internet. The hours spent on the Internet by the dependents were more as compared to non- dependents. On the loneliness measure also significant differences were found between the two groups, with dependents s areas) and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) - To identify psychological distress. There were 122 male (57%) and 92 (43%) females. Age range from 19 - 26 years. On psychosocial factors it was noted that 27% of them are not happy with current living arrangements, not taking part in religious activities (27%), poor contact with teaching staffs, (14%) studying poorly (16%), wrong decision in joining medical course (18%). 45% of them reported that they are having difficulty in talking their personal problems with their family members and 43% reported unhappy home atmosphere. Based on GHQ score, the group has been divided into psychologically distressed & non-distressed. A comparison was made between these two groups on the following variables. Attitude towards joining medical course, participation in sports, religious activities, present living conditions contact with teaching staff, academic achievement, interaction with family members and their home atmosphere. Students were identified as distressed or non distressed based on GHQ scores. A comparison has been made between them on all the psycho social variables .The findings revealed that the distressed group significantly differed from non distressed on the following variables: on their performance in the last examination, perception of their studies, current living arrangements, discussing their personal problems and their family atmosphere. The results were discussed and suggested the preventive measures.