The Resilience and Associated Factors of Undergraduate Physical Therapy Students at King Saud University: A Cross-Sectional Study

Document Type : Original Article


The Department of Rehabilitation Health Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University


Abstract Background: Resilience plays an important role among physical therapy (PT) students when facing an academic pres-sure and stress. Aim of Study: This study aimed to investigate the resilience level and also the associated factors to resilience among physi-cal therapy students at King Saud University (KSU). Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was con-ducted among physical therapy students at King Saud Universi-ty during the period of January to March 2023, using an online self-administered questionnaire. Participants were invited to complete the online questionnaire via Monkey Survey, which was sent via email or social media, such as WhatsApp mes-sages. This survey included two sections; section 1 involved participant’s characteristics, section two included the Brief Re-silience Scale (RRS). This scale was used to assess the preva-lence of resilience among the physical therapy students. Results: This study found that the physical therapy students at KSU had normal resilience level. The findings of this study showed that age was significantly associated with resilience, while no significant association was found between resilience and other measured factors such as (gender, cumulative GPA, academic year, academic stress and sleeping difficulties). Conclusion: Normal resilience level was observed among the physical therapy students at KSU. Resilience level was significantly associated with age factor but not with other measured factors. Further related factors were recommended to be addressed in relation to resilience in more details in fu-ture studies.