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Exploring Personality as a Predictor of Academic Factors and Mental Health Among Veterinary Students at the Ontario Veterinary College

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Title: Exploring Personality as a Predictor of Academic Factors and Mental Health Among Veterinary Students at the Ontario Veterinary College
Author: Goetz, Monika
Department: Department of Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Jones-Bitton, AndriaConlon, Peter
Abstract: Veterinary students and veterinary professionals are at high risk for mental health issues such as depression. This thesis explores associations of personality with mental health outcomes in veterinary students for the first time. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality data were collected for eleven graduating classes of veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and mental health data were collected for one. OVC veterinary students were diverse in their MBTI distribution. Significant associations were identified between the MBTI and gender, career interests, and academic performance. Associations between the MBTI and perceived learning climate and stressors were explored. Students of the Introversion and Intuition preferences had greater odds of scoring above the research threshold for depression and scored lower on psychological capital than their opposite preferences. These associations warrant further investigation to understand the impact that personality and mental health may have on veterinary students and their academic experiences.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12099
Date: 2017-12
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