The Level of Happiness and Possibly Related Factors among Medical Students of

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Janista Wongratanacheewin
Supagorn Vimonvanich
Napassorn Teeratakulpisarn
Nitirath Srimanta
Lunchakorn Pooparadorn
Benchaporn Choorus
Orawan Chitkulsampan
Suchada Paileeklee
Sompong Srisaenpang

Abstract

Background and Objectives: There was no study about happiness among all six-year medical students in Thailand yet. This study aimed to determine levels of happiness and possibly related factors of Khon Kaen University medical students (KKUMS) in the 2015 academic year.
Methods: This descriptive study covered 1,122 KKUMS registered in the 2015 academic year. Systematic sampling was applied. Calculated sample size were 453 KKUMS. The 2007 Thai Happiness Indicators were used to obtain the levels of happiness. They composed of three levels: greater than, equal to and lesser than general population. Self-administered questionnaires were used.

Results: Response rate was 94.0% (426/453). The samples were 49.9% males studied in the year 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th for 22.1%, 23.1%, 23.3%, 12.7%, 11.3% and 7.5%, respectively. The KKUMS had happiness greater than, equal to and lesser than normal population for 40.0%, 45.8% and 14.2%, respectively. The proportion of KKUMS who had happiness greater than or equal to general population was 85.8% (95% CI: 82.0%, 88.9%). Factors possibly related to that happiness were satisfaction in health [ORadj= 5.86 (95% CI: 2.79, 12.32)], self-desire to study medicine [ORadj= 3.58 (95% CI: 1.74, 7.35)], having motorcycle or car [ORadj= 4.76 (95% CI: 1.86, 12.21], prior perception of medical student’s life-style [ORadj= 3.05 (95% CI: 1.44, 6.48)] and preference of joining the faculty activities [ORadj=2.50 (95% CI: 1.16, 5.40)].

Conclusion: More than four-fifths of KKUMS had happiness greater than or equal to general population.  Five factors possibly related to that happiness were discovered.

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