IMPOSTOR PHENOMENON: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY OF STUDENTS AND HOUSE OFFICERS FROM DENTAL TEACHING INSTITUTES OF LAHORE
Imposter phenomenon (IP) is characterized by chronic feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy in otherwise capable individuals. IP sufferers are unable to internalize their achievements and as a result suffer from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. The current study was designed to find out the prevalence of IP among final year dental students and house officers and its association with gender predisposition in order to raise awareness and to improve teaching methodologies. A cross-sectional, self-reported, questionnaire-based study was conducted from December, 2018 to February, 2019 in various randomly selected dental teaching institutions of Lahore. Three hundred forty five individuals took part in this study. Out of which, 117 (33.9%) were males and 228 (66.1%) were females. 203 (58.8%) were students and 142(41.2%) were House Officers. According to Clance imposter phenomenon scoring, 51 (14.8%) individuals had few IP characteristics. 243 (70.4%) had frequent to moderate IP feelings. Whereas, 51 (14.8%) had intense IP experiences. A considerable proportion of individuals suffer from the Impostor Phenomenon. Regarding gender predisposition, males and females were found out to be affected differently. It is of paramount importance to address this phenomenon in order to improve the psychological well-being of dentists.