Development of a new scale to measure ambiguity tolerance in veterinary students

Hammond, J. A., Hancock, J., Martin, M. S., Jamieson, S. and Mellor, D. J. (2017) Development of a new scale to measure ambiguity tolerance in veterinary students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), pp. 38-49. (doi:10.3138/jvme.0216-040R) (PMID:28206843)

Hammond, J. A., Hancock, J., Martin, M. S., Jamieson, S. and Mellor, D. J. (2017) Development of a new scale to measure ambiguity tolerance in veterinary students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), pp. 38-49. (doi:10.3138/jvme.0216-040R) (PMID:28206843)

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Abstract

The ability to cope with ambiguity and feelings of uncertainty is an essential element of professional practice. Research with physicians has identified that intolerance of ambiguity or uncertainty is linked to stress and some authors have hypothesised that there could be an association between intolerance of ambiguity and burnout (e.g. Cooke et al 2013). We describe the adaptation of the TAMSAD (Tolerance of Ambiguity in Medical Students and Doctors) scale for use with veterinary students. Exploratory factor analysis supports a unidimensional structure for the Ambiguity tolerance construct. Although internal reliability of the 29 item TAMSAD scale is reasonable (α = 0.50), an alternative 27 item scale (drawn from the original 41 items used to develop TAMSAD) shows higher internal reliability for veterinary students (α = 0.67). We conclude that there is good evidence to support the validity of this latter TAVS (Tolerance of Ambiguity in Veterinary students) scale to study ambiguity tolerance in veterinary students.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin, Dr Margaret and Hammond, Mrs Jennifer and Jamieson, Professor Susan and Mellor, Professor Dominic
Authors: Hammond, J. A., Hancock, J., Martin, M. S., Jamieson, S., and Mellor, D. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
ISSN:0748-321X
ISSN (Online):1943-7218
Published Online:16 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 AAVMC
First Published:First published in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 44(1): 38-49
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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