‘Soft and fluffy’: Medical students’ attitudes towards psychology in medical education

Gallagher, Stephen, Wallace, Sarah, Nathan, Yoga and McGrath, Deirdre (2015) ‘Soft and fluffy’: Medical students’ attitudes towards psychology in medical education. Journal of Health Psychology, 20 (1). pp. 91-101. ISSN 13591053


Psychology is viewed by medical students in a negative light. In order to understand this phenomenon, we interviewed 19 medical students about their experiences of psychology in medical education. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Four main themes were generated: attitudes, teaching culture, curriculum factors and future career path; negative attitudes were transmitted by teachers to students and psychology was associated with students opting for a career in general practice. In summary, appreciation of psychology in medical education will only happen if all educators involved in medical education value and respect each other’s speciality and expertise. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Health Psychology is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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