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Kim and Park: Effects of an Interpersonal Relationship Improvement Program Using MBTI: Effects on Self-esteem, Interpersonal Relations, and Mental Health in Company Employees



In this study the effects of an interpersonal relationship improvement program using MBTI on selfesteem, interpersonal relations, and mental health of company employees were examined.


Forty-three company employees in G City participated in a survey, which was carried out from September 18 to October 30, 2009. To test the effects of the interpersonal relationship improvement program using MBTI, the company employees were divided into two groups, an experimental group (20) and a control group (23). The research design used in this study was a nonequivalent control group pre-posttest quasi-experimental research design. The research tools included a self-esteem scale and an interpersonal relations scale, and a mental health scale. x2 test and t-test were used to analyze the data with the SPSS/WIN 14.0 program.


Significant differences were found in self-esteem scores, interpersonal relations scores, and in scores for obsessive compulsiveness in mental health between the experimental group and the control group.


The results suggest that the interpersonal relationship improvement program using MBTI is a useful nursing intervention for improving the self-esteem and interpersonal relations and decreasing obsessive-compulsiveness in the mental health of company employees.

Figures and Tables

Figure 1

Research design.

Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group; X=interpersonal relationship improvement program; O1, O2, O3, O4=self-esteem, interpersonal relations, mental health.
Table 1

The Interpersonal Relationship Improvement Program

Table 2

Homogeneity Test of General Characteristics (N=43)


Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group.

Table 3

Homogeneity Test of Dependent Variables (N=43)


Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group.

Table 4

Differences of Self Esteem, Interpersonal Relations, and Mental Health between Two Groups (N=43)


Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group.


This study was supported by the Kyungpook National University Research Fund.


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