PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE OF FRESHMAN PHARMACY STUDENTS
In the last decades, the role of pharmacists has changed, and new tasks are required for the care of patients. Good communication skills, rapid adjustment to new techniques and research abilities must be developed during academic formation. Aim: the goal of the study is to shape the psychological profile of freshman pharmacy students. Material and methods: 106 freshman pharmacy students were asked to fill in a socio-demographic data sheet and to answer the items of four instruments: Maslach Burnout Inventory (measuring burnout), Toronto Alexithymia Scale (measuring the level of alexithymia), Big Five Inventory (identifying personality traits) and Beck Depression Inventory (evaluating depression). The statistical analysis of data was done using SPSS Statistics 23.0.0 for MAC.OSX. Results: the results identified an average level of emotional exhaustion, a low level of depersonalization and a high level of personal achievement. The scores for alexithymia prove that a possible alexithymia and a mild level of depression was identified for freshman pharmacy students. Comparative results and correlation analysis are presented. Conclusions: the results are important for the pharmacy students to identify their personality traits and for the academic staff to adjust the educational curricula to cover the needs for professional development.
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