Emotion-focused coping and academic performance : the relationship between coping mechanisms employed by first, second, and third year medical students of De La Salle Health Sciences Insitute (DLS_HSI) and their academic performance during the first semester of academic year 2012-2013

Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Community Medicine


Adjustment (Psychology), Coping Behavior, Medical Students


This study employed a cross-sectional research method. First year to third year medical students of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, SY 2012-2013 were gathered for this study using stratified random sampling. Data collection was done using a self-administered questionnaire that was developed by the researchers. Data was analysed using frequency distribution and prevalence ratio. Based on the results, both smoking and drinking were detrimental to academic performance and had a statistically significant relationship. Extracurricular activities, on the other hand, was directly proportional (beneficial) to academic performance by the relationship was statistically insignificant and was also deemed as the most commonly used coping mechanism employed by medical students.

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