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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Assessing the emotional impact of cadaver dissection on medical students
Authors: O'Carroll, Ronan
Whiten, Susie
Jackson, David
Sinclair, David W
Contact Email: ronan.ocarroll@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Cadaver
dissection
psychology
education
medical
undergraduates
methods
psychology
emotions
life change events
Issue Date: Jun-2002
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: O'Carroll R, Whiten S, Jackson D & Sinclair DW (2002) Assessing the emotional impact of cadaver dissection on medical students, Medical Education, 36 (6), pp. 550-554.
Abstract: Aim The study's first aim was to assess the emotional impact of cadaver dissection on first year medical students using the newly developed Appraisal of Life Events Scale (ALE). Its secondary aim was to evaluate the validity of the ALE by comparing it with the Impact of Events Scale (IOE). Setting Division of Biomedical Sciences, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews. Subjects and Method Appraisal of Life Events and Impact of Events data were obtained from 114 UK medical students 4 weeks after their first cadaver dissecting class. Main outcome measures referred to the ALE and IOE scales. Results The students rated the experience as largely positive, registering significantly higher scores on the ALE challenge factor than on ALE threat or ALE loss. Significant correlations between ALE threat and loss scores and IOE intrusions and avoidance scores were noted. Conclusion The results indicate that medical students do not report their first exposure to cadaver dissection as an aversive experience. Instead, as the ALE results confirm, they found it to be a positive and challenging life event. The ALE appears to be a useful instrument in assessing positive and negative emotional reactions to significant life events.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10307
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2923.2002.01235.x
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Affiliation: Psychology
University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews

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