Coping mechanisms of radiologic technology interns during school year 2008-2009

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Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology


Adaptation, Psychological, Technology, Radiologic, Internship and Residency


The descriptive method of research was used in conducting the study. It focused on identifying the two (2) general types of coping mechanisms namely, problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping, employed by 72 radiologic technology interns of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute chosen using purposive sampling. Demographic variables considered were gender, monthly family income, religion, father and mother's educational attainment, student type and hospital assignment. The 1985 Ways of Coping Questionnaire by Richard Lazarus, PhD and Susan Folkman, PhD was adapted and modified to serve as the instrument. Data was analyzed through frequency distribution, percentage, mean, standard deviation, T-test and f-test. The study concluded that, 1) Majority of the radiologic technology interns had monthly family income of P20,001-40,001, Catholic, both mother and father were college graduate, senior interns and assigned in De La Salle Medical Center. There was an equal number of male and female; 2) Radiologic technology interns used emotion-focused coping towards their relationship to their co-interns at a very great extent. This is substantiated by the fact that the respondents shared three (3) academic years which has bonded their relationship towards one another. The respondents easily determined what stage of companionship had existed between them and had learned to get used with their emotions and feelings with regards to their co-interns; 3) They used problem-focused coping towards their assigned workload and relationship with superiors and patients at a very great extent. This is substantiated by the fact that the respondents identified their assigned workload as a requirement to be accomplished and completed in which concrete solutions are needed. The relationship of the respondents towards superiors and patients had brought about the need to use problem-focused coping rather than coping using one's emotions. In general, radiologic technology interns utilized problem-focused coping during internship at a very great extent; 4) Emotion-focused coping of the respondents towards co-intern was affected by the random hospital distribution of the interns. This is due to the existing variation of relationship of the respondents and the frequency of the interns assigned at affiliated hospitals. The respondents’ use of emotion-focused coping toward patients had a significant difference when grouped according to religion. The respondents held different perspectives or points of view influenced by their religion regarding their relationship with patients.

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