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Educación Médica Superior

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GONZALEZ LOPEZ, Alejandro David; QUIALA NUNEZ, Saray; IGLESIAS MORE, Serguei  y  FABELO ROCHE, Justo Reinaldo. Self-perceived competencies for the professional approach to adictions by the psychology students. Educ Med Super [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.3, pp.364-372. ISSN 0864-2141.

Introduction: the present research work is part of a project of the Center for the Academic Development on Drug Dependence of the Medical University of Havana, with the objective of training psychologists in drug-related topics. Objectives: to describe the perception of competence for professional approach to addictions that the psychology students have at present and to identify learning requirements on this subject. Methods: the research study was non-experimental, cross-sectional and descriptive, with qualitative approach, so the sample selection was intentional. Twenty four 5th year psychology students participated. The in-depth interview and the focal groups were used to gather information. Results: the students considered that they were competent to approach additions; however this competence is supported on general knowledge and skills inherent to the profession, but not on specific professional preparation for the care and prevention of addictions. Conclusions: these results confirmed the presence of learning requirements about addictions related to their diagnosis and intervention; additionally, the sub-competencies perceived as less developed are the ones related to procedures whereas the attitudinal ones have been more extensively formed.

Palabras clave : perception of competencies; learning requirements; psychology students.

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