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The Emotion of Disgust among Medical and Psychology Students

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1st Department of Psychiatry, Medical School-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Eginition Hospital, Vas Sophias 72, 11528 Athens, Greece
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Medical School-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Eginition Hospital, Vas Sophias 72, 11528 Athens, Greece
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Department of Child Psychiatry, Medical School-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Agia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Thivon and Papadiamantopoulou Street, 11527 Athens, Greece
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School of Psychology-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Eginition Hospital, Vas Sophias 72, 11528 Athens, Greece
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Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mikras Asias 75, 11527 Athens, Greece
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Received: 12 October 2020 / Revised: 11 November 2020 / Accepted: 12 November 2020 / Published: 15 November 2020
The emotion of disgust evolved as a way to protect oneself from illness and is associated with aspects of disease avoidance. Disgust Scale–Revised (DS-R) (Olatunji et al., 2008) measures the disgust propensity of three kinds of disgust (core, animal reminder, contamination). Contextual factors, such as academic background, might influence DS-R scoring, especially among medical students, where the notion of disease is central. We examined DS-R scoring and the choice of postgraduate studies in medical (n = 94) and psychology (n = 97) students. In an anonymous web-based survey, participants completed the DS-R and a questionnaire including plans for postgraduate studies. Females outnumbered males and scored higher in total DS-R score (p = 0.003). Psychology students scored higher in all three kinds of disgust (p < 0.001 for core disgust and animal reminder, p = 0.069 for contamination disgust), indicating a higher level of disease avoidance. Medical students willing to follow Internal Medicine scored higher in core disgust (p < 0.05), while psychology students willing to study Experimental Psychology scored lower in the animal reminder subscale (p = 0.019 and p < 0.001 for the association between these subscales and the orientation of Medical and Psychology Students, respectively). In conclusion, disgust propensity as rated by DS-R is related to academic background and orientation preferences in postgraduate studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: disgust; DS-R; medical students; psychology students; academic orientation; specialization disgust; DS-R; medical students; psychology students; academic orientation; specialization
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Pehlivanidis, A.; Pehlivanidi, N.; Papanikolaou, K.; Mantas, V.; Bertou, E.; Chalimourdas, T.; Sypsa, V.; Papageorgiou, C. The Emotion of Disgust among Medical and Psychology Students. Diseases 2020, 8, 43. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/diseases8040043

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Pehlivanidis A, Pehlivanidi N, Papanikolaou K, Mantas V, Bertou E, Chalimourdas T, Sypsa V, Papageorgiou C. The Emotion of Disgust among Medical and Psychology Students. Diseases. 2020; 8(4):43. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/diseases8040043

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Pehlivanidis, Artemios, Niki Pehlivanidi, Katerina Papanikolaou, Vassileios Mantas, Elpida Bertou, Theodoros Chalimourdas, Vana Sypsa, and Charalambos Papageorgiou. 2020. "The Emotion of Disgust among Medical and Psychology Students" Diseases 8, no. 4: 43. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/diseases8040043

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