Promoting spiritual health can improve the happiness scores of medical students in Iran

1. In this study, the relationship between spiritual health and happiness was significant among medical students in Iran.

2. Additionally, student happiness scores were not optimal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Level of evidence assessment: 3 (Average)

Studies have shown that spiritual health plays a vital role in promoting a satisfying quality of life through several means, including reducing mental distress. Compared to students in other fields, medical students face increasing mental health issues. While continuous solutions are sought to address this issue, the objective of the present descriptive-analytical study was to investigate the relationship between spiritual health and happiness among medical students, specifically during the COVID-19 outbreak. 19.

The study included 409 medical students (71.3% female, mean age 21.6 years) using a multistage random sampling method from Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Students were included if they had completed at least 6 months in medical school. Students were excluded if they had a history of mental illness or had experienced a serious personal tragedy in the previous month. 3 questionnaires were administered: a demographic questionnaire, the Ellison Spiritual Health Questionnaire and the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire. Qualitative variables were measured using the one-sample t-test, analysis of variance, and Pearson correlation. Quantitative data were analyzed using Pearson’s correlation coefficient.

The results of the study demonstrated that the relationship between spiritual health and happiness was significant among medical students. However, students’ happiness scores were not optimal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these findings, the present study was limited by the lack of a native tool based on Islamic beliefs to measure spiritual health, which may have impacted accuracy. Nonetheless, this study was significant as it was one of the first to examine the relationship between spiritual health and happiness among medical students in COVID-19, which may help future health improvement plans for medical students. students.

Click to read the study in Frontiers in Psychology

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