Identical surveys, designed to assess attitudes toward training and
treatment in psychiatry, were distributed to the half of all third-year
residents in 1976, 1978, and 1980. The 1976 survey results revealed
considerable support for the medically oriented aspects of training and for
organic approaches to treating endogenous depression and schizophrenia.
Residents rated the treatment modalities for alcoholism differently than
they did for schizophrenia and depression. Results from the 1978 and 1980
surveys replicated the 1976 findings, suggesting remarkable stability in
attitudes. Changes in attitude over the three survey years may require a
greater time span to manifest.