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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2004;16(3): 299-308. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2004.16.3.299
의사집단 내 폭력현황 및 권위주의와 공격성, 충동성, 성격특징과의 상관
임기영, 조선미, 송호정
아주대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실
The Status of Violence among the Doctors and Its Relationship to Authoritarianism, Aggression and Personality Characteristics
Ki-Young Lim, Sun-Mi Cho, Ho-Jeong Song
Department of Psychiatry, Ajou University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Ki-Young Lim, Tel: 031)219-5180, Fax: 031)219-5179, Email: kylim@ajou.ac.kr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to inquire about the present status of violence among doctors. It also examined the relationship between the violent act and authoritarianism, aggression and the offenders personality characteristics. METHODS: 93 doctors (22 professors, 33 residents, and 33 medical students) participated through survey questionnaires and standardized scales including Eysenck Type A Questionnaire, Barratt Impulsivity Scale, Korean Version Authoritarianism Scale, and Aggression Questionnaire. RESULTS: 51.6% of the subjects experienced abusive words from other doctors and 11.8% experienced physical violence. 18.3% of the subjects inflicted abusive words on other physicians. Most of the offenders were superiors of the victims. Offenders experienced abusive words from other doctors significantly more than non-offenders. Among the respondents, residents showed a higher score in the Aggression Questionnaire. There was no difference between the offenders and the victims on authoritarianism, aggression and personality scales. CONCLUSION: Verbal and physical violence among doctors is common. Almost all offenders were superiors of the victims and there was no official system set up to prevent or manage violence among doctors. A campaign to rid of violence in the medical field is strongly needed.
Keywords: Violence;Authoritarianism;Aggression;Personality
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