Self-esteem, reaction to uncertainty, and physician practice variation: A study of resident physicians

I-Ching Huang1
1National Tainan Teachers College, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Huang, I.-C. (1998). Self-esteem, reaction to uncertainty, and physician practice variation: A study of resident physicians. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 26(2), 181-194.

Volume 26 Issue 2 | e922 | Published: May 1998 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1998.26.2.181

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While significant variations in physicians’ practice behavior are well documented, the determinants for these variations are largely unexplored. Focusing on resident physicians, in this study self-esteem and reaction to uncertainty are examined to explain variations in practice behavior. Analysis of covariance structures is used. Based on the data collected from 75 resident physicians, the findings indicate physicians’ self-efficacy influences the amount of stress they experience under uncertainty, which, in turn, affects practice behavior. Physicians’ self-worth, on the other hand, has direct effects on practice behavior but not on their willingness to disclose uncertainty. In sum, physicians who report higher levels of self-worth and less stress from uncertainty, show more effective and efficient practice behavior.


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