Svetlichnaya T.G., Stepanov E.S. Gender Differentiation of Bioethical Views of Students in Medical Institutes

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu7.2016.1.10

Tatyana Gennadyevna Svetlichnaya

Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Department of Public Health, Health Care and Social Work,

Northern State Medical University

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Prosp. Troitskiy, 51, 163000 Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation

Egor Sergeevich Stepanov

Postgraduate Student, Department of Public Health, Health Care and Social Work,

Northern State Medical University

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Prosp. Troitskiy, 51, 163000 Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation


Abstract. The article presents the results of a study on gender-differentiated bioethical views of students of 1-2 courses of the medical faculty of Northern state medical University (Arkhangelsk). The subject of a medico-sociological study was the attitude of students of different gender to the biomedical technologies related to the beginning, continuation and end of human life, and their moral characteristics. The results showed the presence in bioethical views of the gender signs of similarities and differences consisting in the greater inspiration of boys by biotechnological possibilities of modern medicine and the availability of the propensity for their unconditional recognition. Causes of differences are gender differences, religious beliefs, moral norms and values. Boys more often (in 1.5 times) perceive themselves as nonreligious people. Among them, atheistic views are more (in 2.9 times) spread, and Orthodox are less (1.4 times). They more likely (in 3.9 times) support the idea of preserving traditional religious values in the Russian society. Prone to free-thinking and more open-minded in matters of morality boys consider the birth as the beginning of human life (1.6 times more likely) and medicine as lying beyond morality (1.7 times more likely). The results indicate destructive tendencies in the spiritual and moral space of the Russian youth society and confirm the existence of the risk of reducing the significance of moral and ethical principles in professional conduct of doctors.

Key words: gender, bioethical views, moral characteristics, biomedical technologies, students, medical university.  
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