Effective Factors on Students’ Academic Attrition in Lorestan University of Medical Sciences

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Background and purpose: The aim of this research is to determine the factors contributing to academic attrition among day – course students of Lorestan university of medical sciences.Methods: In this case – control study all the day – course students who had at least one semester of an average mark under 12 in academic year 2000-2001 were chosen and then the same number of students with an average mark over 15 were selected randomly as control group.Results: Data gathered using GHQ questionnaire for measurement of mental health and study satisfaction questionnaire, as well as variables such as average mark, family economic status and their study files information which are saved in computer were used too.Of all students participated in this study, 41 students had been failed during last year, including 24 females (58.54%) and 17 males (41.46%) considering the proportion of female and male students, academic attrition in male students (6.69%), in comparison with female students, (3.66%) is higher.From viewpoint of age, it was determined that there were a negative correlation between age and average mark (r= -0.49).Analysis of results showed that there exist relationship between marital status and academic attrition (p