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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resilience in Physician Lives
by Morgan, William F., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 67; 1690649
Abstract (Summary)

Physicians require discipline, determination, a tolerance for delayed gratification, and brainpower to navigate college, medical school, postgraduate education, and their personal and professional careers. A high degree of resilience is needed for this journey. Adding to research on the concept of resilience, this thesis recognizes two factors beyond one’s control that influence one’s capability for resilience: infant attachment pattern and adverse childhood experiences. Alchemical hermeneutic methodology was employed to examine the influence of these factors on the development of resilience and to explore the vulnerability of medical students and physicians to a failure of resilience. A heuristic approach taken to incorporate the author’s experience and observations as a physician provides evidence of the pressures and potential pitfalls in physician lives. The author proposes changes in medical training and the structure of medical practice that take into account individuals’ strengths and limitations in regard to their capacity for resilience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Lives, Physician, Resilience
Publication Number: 1690649
ISBN: 978-1-321-61310-0
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