Document Type : Original Article


1 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

2 Department of Medicine, Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


BACKGROUND: Academic burnout is a worldwide problem that troubles students at all academic
levels. Despite the significant effects of this problem on students’ mental health and academic
achievements, yet, it has not been adequately studied in Iranian system of academic education.
Therefore, we aimed to explore the incidence of academic burnout status and its associated factors
among the students at Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This cross‑sectional study was conducted over a number of
303 students at Guilan University of Medical Sciences during 2016. Study samples were selected
through the stratified random sampling method, and a set of data including sociodemographic
information, educational status, study habits, and burnout inventory status was collected for each
sample. Items of burnout inventory status were based on the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Data were
analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics including t‑test and linear regression.
RESULTS: The students in our study reported a mean of 2.53 ± 0.7 for academic burnout score.
Along with related factors of academic burnout, marital status (P = 0.029), grade point average
(P = 0.002), being interested in field of study (P = 0.000), and study time (P = 0.000) were significantly
associated with academic burnout of students. Furthermore, the incidence of academic burnout did
not differ between male and female students.
CONCLUSIONS: Regarding the considerable prevalence of academic burnout among students of
medical sciences, it is needed that policymakers implement more effective educational programs
considering the associated factors of academic burnout.


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