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Am J Surg. 2002 Aug;184(2):121-5.

A preliminary measurement of the surgical personality.

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Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We used the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (Psychological Resources, Inc.) to test for a distinct surgical personality.

METHODS:

The NEO-PI-R is a compilation of 240 statements. Subjects agree or disagree with the statements, generating a score in five personality traits according to the five factor theory: neuroticism (N), extraversion (E), openness (O), agreeableness (A), and conscientiousness (C). Each score is compared with that for the general population.

RESULTS:

Twenty-four male and 15 female surgical residents voluntarily took the inventory. Compared to the general population, males scored lower in N (p <0.05), higher in E (P <0.001), O (P <0.05) and C (p <0.001), and average in A (no significant difference). Females scored average in N and A (no significant difference), and higher in E (p <0.001), O (P <0.05), and C (P <0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The similarity of trait variance from the general population in both male and female surgical residents supports the concept of a surgical personality.

PMID:
12169354
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9610(02)00919-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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