May 1971

Faculty and Resident Commitment to Varieties of Psychiatric Treatment

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati; Rochester, NY; Cincinnati
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati (Dr. Stone and Mrs. Green) and the Division of Psychology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY (Dr. Stein).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(5):468-473. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750110080013

A study was made to evaluate the congruence of faculty attitudes towards psychodynamic psychiatric treatment and the process of identification of resident psychiatrists with these attitudes. Identical questionnaires regarding types of psychiatric treatment and ideology were given to 26 faculty members and 29 residents in a three-year training program. The results showed a striking congruence of attitudes within the faculty with psychodynamic-psychoanalytic treatments rated highly. Resident responses differed for each year of training, but showed a definite development of major ideology similar to that of faculty members as training progressed. Adherence to major theoretical and therapeutic ideologies by residents plays a definite role in developing their identity as psychiatrists.