Improving dental and medical students’ psychological health using a self-development coaching program : a pilot study
Aboalshamat, Khalid, Hou, Xiang-Yu, & Strodl, Esben (2013) Improving dental and medical students’ psychological health using a self-development coaching program : a pilot study. Journal of Advanced Medical Research (JAMR), 3(3), pp. 45-57.
Introduction: Dental and medical students worldwide, including in Saudi Arabia, have been reported to have a high incidence of poor psychological health, such as depression, stress, anxiety, and lowlife satisfaction. Self-development coaching programs have become an increasingly popular way to improve individuals’ lives. However, few studies have evaluated the psychological effects of such programs among dental and medical students. Moreover, no studies have been conducted on self-development coaching programs in Saudi Arabia. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a larger study via a pilot study and to acquire preliminary findings about the effectiveness of a self-development coaching program on psychological health among dental and medical students in Saudi Arabia. Methods: A pre-post interventional study design was used to test a self-development coaching program (How to be an Ultra-Super Student) with a sample of medical students (n=17) at Umm Al-Qura University at Saudi Arabia. The outcome measures were students’ psychological distress (depression, anxiety, and stress), life satisfaction, self-efficacy, the coach, and coaching program characteristics. Results: The study showed that there was a significant improvement in depression (p=0.04), self-efficacy (p=0.02), and satisfaction with life (p=0.04), which supported the feasibility of a large study in the future. Conclusions: The study’s findings encourage the implementation of a randomized, controlled trial study with a larger sample to further test the effectiveness of using self-development coaching programs with medical and dental students in Saudi Arabia to improve their psychological health.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||dental students, medical students, Saudi Arabia, HERN, self - development coaching, pscyhological health|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Design for Scientific Renaissance|
|Deposited On:||12 Feb 2014 05:36|
|Last Modified:||25 Feb 2015 17:17|
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