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Use of the Gordon Personal Profile Inventory of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students (Galley)

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George H. Cocolas, Betsy Sleath and E. Christine Hanson-Divers


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 61, No. 3 (1997)
DOI: aj6103257.pdf




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Practicing pharmacists were surveyed for eight personality traits; ascendancy, responsibility, emotional stability, sociability, cautiousness, original thinking, personal relations and vigor using the Gordon Personal Profile-Inventory (GPP-I), an instrument requiring subjects to self-score themselves by selecting statements in a forced-choice tetrad format. Students in a school of pharmacy in the same state were also surveyed. Pharmacists self-scored themselves higher than did students in all the traits except sociability. Based on multivariate analysis, pharmacists who were active in their profession through service as preceptors in the School’s experiential program, having applied to the external PharmD program of the School, or having been elected officers in pharmacy organizations scored themselves significantly higher in the trait of original thinking as measured by the GPP-I and had advanced degrees. The data suggest that the GPP-I could be used as a tool to support the subjective measurements from interviews, written essays and letters of recommendation on applicant characteristics used in the pharmacy admissions process.

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