Crossley, J. (2009). The development and evaluation of a professional self identity questionnaire to measure evolving professional self-identity in health and social care students. Medical Teacher, 31(12), 603-607.
Primary use / Purpose:
When a person leaves university and makes the transition into the labour market they become a professional; however, it may be some time before they psychologically adapt to their new surroundings and feel that they have truly become a 'professional'. It is believed that an inability to develop this new sense of identity is a serious barrier to fulfilling ones potential in the workplace. In the medical sphere, it is very particularly important that students quickly become comfortable in a hospital environment and identify themselves as professionals and not students. The Professional Self Identity Questionnaire (PSIQ) was developed to measure this sense of professional identity and is thus a useful tool in assessing the transition from student to professional.
The psychometric properties of the Professional Self Identity Questionnaire (PSIQ) are discussed in Crossley (2009).