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Imposter syndrome is defined as the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills. Small support groups utilized in an academic environment could prove to be effective in mitigating the effects of imposter syndrome. A total of 4 articles were individually reviewed and included for meta-analysis. Each study was conducted on students studying medicine and utilized support groups at the core of their intervention for combating imposter syndrome and improving overall psychological wellness. Results were based on surveys and yielded an overall positive response from participants. While these results were subjective in nature, the diagnosis of imposter syndrome is subjective as well, leading to the conclusion that support groups do have an impact on the effects of imposter syndrome. However, further studies should be conducted in order to reach more definitive conclusions on the details necessary for optimal support group implementation.
Barnes, T. Mayer, M. Do Support Groups Mitigate the Effects of Imposter Syndrome? James Madison University. 2021.