Attitudes toward issues in psychiatry among third-year residents: a brief survey

Am J Psychiatry. 1978 Jun;135(6):732-5. doi: 10.1176/ajp.135.6.732.


The authors surveyed 378 third-year psychiatric residents on their attitudes toward psychiatric training, forms of psychotherapy, and the medical model; their treatment preferences for 4 given psychiatric disorders; and their career plans. Correlation coefficients and analysis of variance indicated clustering of attitudes along a dynamic-biological continuum, with medical education and experience with drug therapy rated highest of the training aspects and personal analysis or psychotherapy, training in psychoanalysis, and research rated lowest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / therapy
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Career Choice
  • Depression / therapy
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Mental Disorders / etiology
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Schizophrenia / therapy
  • United States