Medical students and their views on psychiatric issues

I. Levav, I. D. Coter, A. Doron, Y. Naot, A. Mansur, T. Sinai

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Medical students' appraisal of mental disorders and their attitudes to mental health related issues were explored before and after they had gone through their psychiatric clerkship. Senior students more often appraised psychiatric cases, as depicted in clinical vignettes, as mental illness than did junior students. By and large, however, both senior and junior students viewed disorders quite differently than psychiatrists do. No major differences were found in regard to attitudes; though in some aspects junior students held a more favorable orientation. The hypothesis is raised that the type of settings and the narrow range of psychopathology to which students are exposed during their clerkship, as well as the partial lack of a specially designed program for working through the psychiatric experience, may explain the survey findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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