Analysis of Perfectionism on Perceived Stress and Sleep Hygiene in Physical Therapy Students

Lindsay Cowman, SPT, Trey Furgeson, SPT, JP Noonan, SPT, & Joy Karges-Brown, PT, EDd, MS

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6 Comments on “Analysis of Perfectionism on Perceived Stress and Sleep Hygiene in Physical Therapy Students

  1. Very nice presentation! Your group mentioned that physical therapy programs should be aware of the stress students experience as well as provide programs for mindfulness and meditation. What does your group propose for how a physical therapy program should address stress management with their PT students? For example, would it be more beneficial for students to take a class regarding stress management, or have the professors provide opportunities for students to participate in throughout the semester such as meditation? I hope this makes sense. I enjoyed reviewing your group’s poster!


  2. Great poster! In your literature review, did you find information about in which year in the PT program the PT students had the most stress? What was the percentage of the students needing mental health services or being diagnosed with mental health issues?


  3. 1) I notice there are multiple ways listed that can be useful in combatting stress in PT students. Mindfulness and meditation programs were described as being primary “helpers” (conclusion) in students with high stress levels. Did you find any other relative strategies that were useful specifically for PT students (more practice with skills built into schedule, scheduling reflection discussions with other PT students undergoing similar stress issues)?

    2) I notice that limited research was found on sleep hygiene. In your opinion, do you think a lack of sleep may contribute to increased stress levels on its own, as it may put more pressure to complete work without leaving time for structured stress management techniques?


  4. Great job guys!

    At the beginning of your presentation, you mentioned that the quality and amount of time one sleeps is how sleep hygiene is measured. My question to you is, how does one measure the quality of sleep? Or rather, what factors are used to measure the quality of sleep?



  5. Great job on your poster and presentation! When discussing that numbers and percentages of physiotherapy students experiencing stress in the discussion section of the poster, did the research mention if multiple cohorts were included in the research? If so, was there a year that students experienced higher stress levels than other years? For example, 1st year physiotherapy students showing higher perceived stress than 2nd year physiotherapy students. Also, would that change the strategies to combat stress? Thank you!


  6. Great poster and great layout of the poster. It is easy to read and understand.
    I think this topic of research is interesting and important as stress can play a big role in one’s health both physically and mentally. In the articles that you reviewed, did any of the participants have prolonged stress or was it mostly acute stress from physical therapy school? In addition, it would be interesting to know the background and level of support system of each participant. For the students who have a great and reliable support system, do they have less stress compared to those students who do not have a support system or stable family foundation? Thanks


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