Towards a Deeper Understanding of Self-diagnosis Among Female Saudi Psychology Students
Keywords:Health anxiety, Medical student syndrome, Psychology student syndrome, Self-diagnosis, Saudi Arabia
Background: Numerous studies have addressed medical student syndrome among medical students, but only limited research has investigated this phenomenon among psychology students.
Objective: This current qualitative study explored psychology students’ experience of self-diagnosis and the impact this has on their lives.
Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven Saudi female psychology students.
Results: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis IPA revealed that both internal and external factors cause the student to self-diagnose. The findings also confirmed the presence of negative and positive effects of self-diagnosis, and the protective role that the academic level plays.
Conclusion: The phenomenon of psychology student syndrome is evident among students who self-diagnose.
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