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Studiare medicina per condividere benessere: una ricerca transculturale in Ciad e in Italia
Author/s: Marta Bassi, Rocco Coppa, Antonella Delle Fave 
Year:  2008 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 93-107 FullText PDF:  216 KB

Studiare medicina per condividere benessere: una ricerca transculturale in Ciad e in Italia - Studying medicine with the aim of sharing well-being: A cross-cultural research in Chad and in Italy In all countries medical students’ education is considered as highly relevant to community health and well-being. This is especially true of developing countries where health care resources are scarce, and doctors tend to migrate abroad. However, few studies were devoted to the experience medical students associate with learning and to the future goals they pursue. With the aim to delve into these issues, we recruited 34 medical students, 17 in Chad and 17 in Italy. Participants were administered Flow Questionnaire and Life Theme Questionnaire, respectively investigating the quality of their daily experience and the sources of optimal experience a positive and complex state of high concentration and their projects and future goals. Participants from both groups described studying as a complex and de-manding activity. Furthermore, they associated it with optimal experience, with higher frequency among Chadians. However, a clear distinction emerged concerning goal pursuit: while Italian students primarily reported individual goals, Chadians pursued goals mainly related to social commitment. These differences are connected to both the cultural features and the material and economic conditions of the two countries, and thus present specific implications at the motivational level as well as in terms of the professional skills that wouldbe doctors will offer their community. Key words: medical students, learning experience, optimal experience, cross-cultural perspective

Marta Bassi, Rocco Coppa, Antonella Delle Fave, in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 1/2008, pp. 93-107, DOI:


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