Korean J Med Educ.  2015 Sep;27(3):187-193. 10.3946/kjme.2015.27.3.187.

Relationships among emotional intelligence, ego-resilience, coping efficacy, and academic stress in medical students

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medical Education, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Medical Education, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea. ghpark@gachon.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify the causal relationship between emotional intelligence, ego-resilience, coping efficacy, and academic stress.
METHODS
Participants were 424 medical students from four medical schools in Korea. We examined their emotional intelligence, ego-resilience, coping efficacy, and academic stress using a t-test, an analysis of variance, correlational analysis, and path analysis.
RESULTS
First- and second-year students scored higher on academic stress than did those from third- and fourth-year students. Further, coping efficacy mediated the relationships between emotional intelligence, ego-resilience, and academic stress. Academic stress was directly influenced by coping efficacy, and indirectly by emotional intelligence and ego-resilience. This showed that coping efficacy play an important role in academic stress.
CONCLUSION
Our findings may help medical schools design educational programs to improve coping efficacy in students, and to reduce their academic stress.

Keyword

Emotional intelligence; Ego-resilience; Coping efficacy; Academic stress
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