Personality characteristics of students in five health professions

Mary Westbrook*, Lena Nordholm, K. J. Wade, M. C. Colless, Eva Lowy

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The Edwards Personal Preference Schedule scores of 130 first year health science students differed significantly from American tertiary norms. Australian students were more nurturant, autonomous, aggressive, succorant and interested in change and heterosexuality while being less dominant, achieving, deferent and orderly. Comparison of the personality profiles of students in five professions showed that the main differences occurred between degree and diploma course students. Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students were similar. Speech Pathologists were more achieving than Occupational Therapists and less affiliative but more ordered than Physiotherapists. Medical Records Administrators were the most dominant and achieving group and like Nurses showed low affiliation and abasement. Nurses were the most ordered, least consistent group. 1976 Occupational Therapy Australia Limited

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-165
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes


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