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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2021, Volume : 12, Issue : 1
First page : ( 19) Last page : ( 24)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2021.00006.9

Comparison of attitudes toward psychiatry among undergraduate and postgraduate medical students

Ghosh Prosenjit1,*, Doley Monu2, Dutta Nibedita3, Bhattacharya Ankur4

1Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India

2Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India

3Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India

4Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India

*Correspondence: Dr. Prosenjit Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College & Hospital, Silchar, Assam, India, Pin: 788014, p_ghosh72@yahoo.com

Online published on 26 October, 2020.

Abstract

Introduction

Attitudes toward psychiatry among medical students will have a great impact on future of expanding psychiatry and breaking barriers at multiple levels.

Aims

To assess and compare the attitudes of undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical students toward psychiatry and assess association between sociodemographic variables and attitudes toward mental illness.

Methods

A cross-sectional study conducted in a tertiary health care centre, total of 100 (50 UG and 50 PG) medical students were recruited in the study. A standardised questionnaire, Attitudes Toward Psychiatry-30 items (ATP-30) and semi-structured proforma for sociodemographic details were given to study subjects to fill up. Statistical analysis: Both quantitative and qualitative measures of data were calculated. Statistical significance was kept at p-value of <0.05, using Fisher’s exact test and Chi-square test. Data were analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21.

Results

The overall ATP-30 score responses were positive (>90) in both males (88%) and females (62%). More number of positive responses were seen in both UG (68%) and PG (84%) medical students compared to only some negative responses in UG (22%) and PG (16%). This difference is significant at p-value <0.05. There is a significant difference (p-value <0.05) in attitudes among UG and PG students in item number four revealing 32% PGs wish was to be psychiatrist. Majority of the UGs and PGs agreed that UG psychiatric training is valuable.

Conclusion

We have found overall good attitudes toward psychiatry in the study population but conflicting interest in taking psychiatry as career choice.

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Keywords

Stigma, Mental Illness, Psychiatry Training, Prejudice.

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