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The mediating effect of calling on the relationship between medical school students' academic burnout and empathy

Authors
Chae, SJ; Jeong, SM; Chung, YS
Citation
Korean journal of medical education, 29(3):165-173, 2017
Journal Title
Korean journal of medical education
ISSN
2005-727X2005-7288
Abstract
PURPOSE: This study is aimed at identifying the relationships between medical school students' academic burnout, empathy, and calling, and determining whether their calling has a mediating effect on the relationship between academic burnout and empathy. <br>METHODS: A mixed method study was conducted. One hundred twenty-seven medical students completed a survey. Scales measuring academic burnout, medical students' empathy, and calling were utilized. For statistical analysis, correlation analysis, descriptive statistics analysis, and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted. For qualitative approach, eight medical students participated in a focus group interview. <br>RESULTS: The study found that empathy has a statistically significant, negative correlation with academic burnout, while having a significant, positive correlation with calling. Sense of calling proved to be an effective mediator of the relationship between academic burnout and empathy. <br>CONCLUSION: This result demonstrates that calling is a key variable that mediates the relationship between medical students' academic burnout and empathy. As such, this study provides baseline data for an education that could improve medical students' empathy skills.
MeSH terms
Burnout, ProfessionalCareer Choice*Education, Medical, Undergraduate*Empathy*FemaleHumansLearningMaleMedicineSchools, MedicalStress, Psychological*Students, Medical/psychology*Surveys and Questionnaires
DOI
10.3946/kjme.2017.62
PMID
28870019
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Journal Papers > School of Medicine / Graduate School of Medicine > Medical Humanities & Social Medicine
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AJOU Authors
채, 수진정, 윤석
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