Table 5

Career and personal reward (percentage of students)

Before (%)

After (%)

Statistics


Question

SA

MA

MD

SD

SA

MA

MD

SD

Z

p


16. Psychiatry has a low prestige among the general public.

7.9

40.5

41.8

9.8

2.6

53.6

34

9.8

1.36

0.42,ns

17. Psychiatry has a high status among other medical disciplines.

3.3

23.5

64.7

8.5

2

41.8

51.6

4.6

2.64

.008

18. Many people who could not obtain a residency position in other specialties eventually enter psychiatry.

2

16.3

37.3

44.4

0.7

18.3

37.2

43.8

.02

.97,ns

19. Psychiatry is a discipline filled with international medical graduates whose skills are of low quality.

3.9

7.2

45.8

43.1

2

0.7

31.3

66

3.75

.0001

20. My family discouraged me from entering psychiatry.

11.8

19

17.6

51.6

4.6

26.1

26.1

43.2

.18

.85

21. Friends and fellow students discouraged me from entering

psychiatry.

9.2

19.6

31.3

39.9

3.3

24.2

30.7

41.8

.84

.39

22. If a student expresses interest in psychiatry, he or she risks

being associated with a group of other would-be psychiatrists who are often seen by others as odd, peculiar, or neurotic.

6.5

28.1

30.7

34.7

3.9

24.2

36.6

35.3

.92

.35,ns

23. I feel uncomfortable with mentally ill patients.

8.5

43.8

29.4

18.3

4.6

25.5

35.3

34.6

3.76

.0001


SA = Strongly agree; MA = Moderately agree; MD = Moderately disagree; SD = Strongly disagree.

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