Stress Resistance, Adaptability, and Emotional Stability of Medical Students Obtaining Categories 4 and 5 on The Psychometric Test and Related Factors


Background: In its effort to produce high quality graduates, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, Indonesia administers psychological tests to assess first year medical students' logical thinking skills and personality. The results of those tests are divided into 5 categories of recommendation, 1 to 5, based on the capability of the students to complete their studies. Fifty six point forty five percent of the students receiving recommendation categories 4 and 5, are considered at-risk students who are predicted to have difficulties in completing their education (Menaldi, et.a;, 2009). In addition, there are many non-academic factors that affect the learning process to achieve the clinical competence required by the Competence Standard for Indonesian Doctors (Indonesian Medical Council, 2008).
Research Objectives: To study the psychological profile of the students in the at-risk category and related factors, which could affect the learning process.
Result: Using multivariate analysis, it was found that gender has a significant correlation to stress resistance and adaptability; motivation is significantly correlated to stress resistance and perseverance; whereas birth position has a significant correlation to stress resistance.
Conclusion: The psychological profile of medical students including their work attitude and personality as well as other related factors can be used as predictors of success in completing their education. Thus, support and guidance for students should be made available as early as possible in their medical education, particularly for those students in the at-risk category, to help them achieve clinical competence.

Keywords: medical students, at-risk groups, psychological profile, clinical competence

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Adhityawarman Menaldi, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Sri Linuwih Menaldi, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2013
Stream: Psychology

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