Low Self-esteem and its Relation with Psychological Distress among Dental Students

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  •   Ali Sabri Radeef

  •   Ghasak Ghazi Faisal

Abstract

Since self-esteem has been recognized to predict health and psychological well-being, it is crucial to assess the self-esteem and its relation with psychological distress. Methodology: This study was conducted among 257 dental students. The psychological distress was assessed using the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) while self-esteem was assessed using the adult form of the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. Results: Female students had significantly lower self-esteem compared to male students (51.4 and 59.1 respectively). There is a strong negative correlation between psychological distress and self-esteem (r= -0.5, p<0.00). Students with psychological distress had significantly lower mean self-esteem score compared to those who are not distressed (43.07 and 60.03 respectively). Conclusion: Low self-esteem is higher among female students and self-esteem is negatively correlated to psychological distress among undergraduate students.


Keywords: Self-esteem, dental, students, psychological distress

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Radeef, A., & Faisal, G. (2019). Low Self-esteem and its Relation with Psychological Distress among Dental Students. European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2019.1.1.21