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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2008;20(3): 177-187. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2008.20.3.177
의예과 학생의 성격특성과 의사소통 능력 및 수업태도의 관계
이영희, 이영미, 김병수
고려대학교 의과대학 의학교육학교실
The Relationship Between Personality Types, Communication Skills and Learning Attitudes in Premedical Students
Young Hee Lee, Young-Mee Lee, Byung Soo Kim
Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Young-Mee Lee,Email: ymleehj@korea.ac.kr
Received: July 15, 2008;  Accepted: August 19, 2008.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between the personality types of premedical students and their self-assessed communication skills and attitudes toward a communication skills course. METHODS: The participants were 59 second-year premedical students from Korea University College of Medicine. The Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI), which was validated in Korea, was used for evaluating personality types. Self-reported competency in communication and attitudes toward a communication skills course were measured by questionnaire. RESULTS: Sensing (S) and thinking (T) personality types were predominant in this study group (76%). The relationship between the personality indicator 'Extraversion (E)-Introversion (I)' and the selfreported communication skills was statistically significant for four items of communication skills. Also, the personality indicator 'Thinking (T)-Feeling (F)' significantly correlated with one item: ask if the person has any further suggestions. Personality 'I' students showed more concern with regard to their communication skills than 'E' types. 'Sensing (S)'-type students had a more positive attitude toward the communication skills course than "iNtuition (N)" types. CONCLUSION: Students' self-assessed competence in communication and attitudes toward the communication skills course varied between personality types. These results suggest that the personality types of students should be considered in developing a communication skills course.
Keywords: Personality inventory;Communication;Attitude;Premedical students
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