An Investigation of the Filipino Dental Students' Personality Types

Junhel Dalanon, Yoshizo Matsuka

Abstract


Background: The Dentist Licensure Examination (DLE) is one of the most difficult pre-professional practice examinations in the Philippines. The personality type of a dental student can be a determining factor or a testfor-fit of the chosen college program, the DLE, and the eventual profession.

Objectives: This study aimed to document the personality dichotomies and MBTI personality categories of the respondents.

Methods: Through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), this cross-sectional investigation examined the Filipino students' personality type in a dental school in the Philippines and presented it through descriptive statistics.

Results: In retrospect to the personality dichotomies, majority or 44 (17.19%) of the students were of the introverted feeling with intuition variety or the Introversion Intuition Feeling Perceiving (INFP) type. This personality type does not coincide with that of a dentist or dental student in other studies.

Conclusion: The mainstream dental students' personality types were inclined to traits that are indicative of the INFP professions (e.g. artists, counselors, social workers, etc.) and not of a prospective dentist. These findings will add to the database of dental education in the Philippines, and will enable the dental educators and schools to improve their educational strategies.


Keywords


dental education; dental students; personality types; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Philippines

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