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ERIC Number: EJ808561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-9670
Attitudes and Views on Psychiatry: A Comparison between Spanish and U.S. Medical Students
Pailhez, Guillem; Bulbena, Antonio; Coll, Joaquim; Ros, Salvador; Balon, Richard
Academic Psychiatry, v29 n1 p82-91 Mar 2005
OBJECTIVE: In order to gain a broader view about the process of recruitment, we decided to compare and analyze the differences between the attitudes and views of Spanish and U.S. medical students towards psychiatry. METHODS: The opinions of 151 students who had completed psychiatry at the end of their fourth year were sought on the basis of their responses to a 33-item questionnaire, using a cross sectional design. RESULTS: Although in general, Spanish students showed a positive attitude towards psychiatry, the opinion about certain aspects like the biopsychosocial concept of illness, salary, social pressure and respect from nonpsychiatry staff were different from U.S. students' opinions. CONCLUSION: These opinions may have influenced the 6% of Spanish students who chose psychiatry as a possible specialty, somewhat higher than the 4.5% of U.S. students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; United States