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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 30–36 | Cite as

Medical Students’ Attitudes and Views of Psychiatry

15 Years Later
  • Richard Balon
  • Gregory R. Franchini
  • Phillip S. Freeman
  • Irwin N. Hassenfeld
  • Matcheri S. Keshavan
  • Ernest Yoder
Research Article

Abstract

Medical students’ views and attitudes of psychiatry may influence recruitment. A 39-item questionnaire assessing demographic characteristics and balanced positive and negative views of psychiatry was answered by 479 students from four medical schools at the end of their third-year psychiatric clerkship during the 1993–1994 academic year. The students’ attitudes and views of psychiatry were mostly positive. Exceptions were the perceived low respect of psychiatry by other medical disciplines and low salary. The perception of psychiatry among medical students has improved, compared with a similar study done in the 1980s, but the decline in recruitment continues. Students’ views and attitudes of psychiatry do not explain the decline in recruitment into psychiatry.

Keywords

Medical Student Career Choice Academic Psychiatry Psychiatric Consultation House Staff 
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© Academic Psychiatry 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Balon
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Gregory R. Franchini
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Phillip S. Freeman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Irwin N. Hassenfeld
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Matcheri S. Keshavan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ernest Yoder
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurosciencesWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Departments of PsychiatryUniversity of New Mexico School of MedicineAlbanyUSA
  4. 4.Albany Medical CollegeBoston University School of MedicineAlbanyUSA
  5. 5.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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