PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE OF FRESHMAN PHARMACY STUDENTS

  • Ioana-Maria GAVRILESCU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Corina DONDAS “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Catalia MUNTEANU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Sofia SOCOLOV “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Th. PANTILIMONESCU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Magdalena IORGA “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
Keywords: PHARMACY STUDENT, DEPRESSION, PERSONALITY TRAITS, ALEXITHYMIA, BURNOUT, PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Ioana-Maria GAVRILESCU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine

Corina DONDAS, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Department of Vocational Counseling

Catalia MUNTEANU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine

Sofia SOCOLOV, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine

Th. PANTILIMONESCU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine

Magdalena IORGA, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine

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Published
2017-12-22
Section
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE - LABORATORY