Effects of Family Status of Osteopathic Medical Students on Their Perceived Level of Stress.


The investigators are interested in studying the effects of familial obligations, including marriage, parenthood, familial caregiving, on stress levels in Osteopathic Medical Students (OMS). The investigators expect to find that having a family may increase the stress level of OMS in comparison with OMS who don't have familial obligations.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
  • Study Primary Completion Date: September 9, 2023


  • Other: Survey
    • Subjects will complete a survey. The survey consists of two parts, “A” and “B”. During part “A” subjects will indicate which of the 5 cohorts they identify as. Successively in part “B”, subject will complete a survey known as the “Perceived Stress Scale” (PSS).

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Married students with no children
    • Submit Survey
  • Married students with children
    • Submit Survey
  • Unmarried Students with children
    • Submit Survey
  • Familial caregiver
    • Submit Survey
  • Unmarried without kids
    • Submit Survey

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Total PSS Score
    • Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year.
    • Individual scores on the PSS can range from 0 to 40 with higher scores indicating higher perceived stress. Scores ranging from 0-13 would be considered low stress. Scores ranging from 14-26 would be considered moderate stress. Scores ranging from 27-40 would be considered high perceived stress.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Medical Students Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not current Medical Students

Gender Eligibility: All

Male, female, other

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • The Touro College and University System
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Tommaso Meregalli, Principal Investigator – The Touro College and University System

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