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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


ZARATE-DEPRAECT, Nikell E. et al. Study habits and stress in students of the health area. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.3, pp.153-157. ISSN 2014-9840.


A positive habit of thought generates an effective behavior and within the educational context the habit of study ensures academic success. The student constantly faces the demands that medical training requires, so it is considered that the absence of study habits can be a predisposing factor of academic stress.


To analyze the study habits and their relationship with academic stress in the students of the health area.

Subjects and methods.

Quantitative, correlational, cross-sectional study, randomly selected sample, conformed by 741 first-year undergraduate students in general practice. The Vicuña study habits inventory and the Barraza academic stress inventory were applied.


There is a significant relationship between the absence of study habits and the physiological and psychological responses associated with stress; to lower study habits, greater predisposition for academic stress.


By not solving the academic demands demanded by the university context through study habits, the first-year medical student becomes stressed and manifests physical, psychological and behavioral. 36.82% have study habits, at 81.04% they represent stress the facts of: compete with peers, academic overload, character of the teacher, exams, tasks that teachers ask, limited time to do the tasks and not fully understand the topics analyzed at class.

Keywords : Academic stress; Students; Study habits; University.

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