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The effect of 5 different personalities on job stress in physical therapists
Phys Ther Rehabil Sci 2018;7:191-6
Published online December 30, 2018
© 2018 Korean Academy of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science.

Eun Hyeong Kima, Ho Young Jangb, and Suk Min Leec

aDepartment of Physical Therapy, Korean Redcross Gyeonggi-Incheon Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea
bDepartment of Physical Therapy, The Catholic University of Korea, St. Paul’s Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea
cDepartment of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science and Social Welfare, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Correspondence to: Suk Min Lee (ORCID
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science and Social Welfare, Sahmyook University, 815 Hwarang-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01795, Republic of Korea
Tel: 82-2-3399-1632 Fax: 82-2-3399-1639 E-mail:
Received November 20, 2018; Revised December 17, 2018; Accepted December 17, 2018.
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 5 different personalities on job stress in physical therapists.
Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Methods: Structured self-report questionnaires consisted of demographic items, 5 types of personalities, and occupational stress. A questionnaire was distributed to 420 physical therapists working in Seoul and Incheon who had voluntarily agreed to participate in the study after the purpose of the study was explained. Of the 420 questionnaires, 405 questionnaires were collected and showed a recovery rate of 96.4%, of which 28 cases were excluded, leaving a total of 377 questionnaires being used for analyses. Pearson correlation analysis was performed to investigate the correlation of job stress and five personalities types. In addition, multiple regression analysis was performed to investigate the effect of general and occupational characteristics of physical therapist on job stress and the effect of personality type on occupational stress. All statistical significance levels were set at p<0.05.
Results: The highest number of subjects, which were the physical therapists, showed the tendency to have a sincere personality, followed by affinity, openness, extroversion, and neuroticism. Physical therapists reported to be the most stressed in the order of professional role conflict, overload of work, work relation with a physician and supervisor, interpersonal relationship with patient and caregiver. The higher the level of affinity and sincerity, the lower the amount of stress received by the therapist from the interpersonal relationships between the patient and caregivers. On the other hand, the greater the level of openness and sincerity, the lower the stress levels related to professional role conflict.
Conclusions: This study showed that the personality type and job stress of physiotherapists had a statistically significant effect. It is very important for physiotherapists to find their own way of coping with stress, which is satisfactory and appropriate for their job, because it is related not only to individual problems but also to the quality of patient care and medical services.Therefore, it is necessary to continue conducting research on how to relieve the stress levels of physical therapists according to their personality characteristics.
Keywords : 5 different personalities, Occupational stress, Physical therapists


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