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Table 10 Motive scale percentage distribution and mean for the final year dental students by motives for interest in paediatric dentistry practice according to their two top-ranked motive to study dentistry and their background factors background factors (n = 91)

From: Study motives, career choices and interest in paediatric dentistry among final year dental students in Nigeria

Motives All (N = 91) Sex Age
Men (N = 61) Women (N = 30) P < 27 yrs (n = 35) 27-29 yrs (n = 20) > 29 years (n = 26) P
% Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean
Personal interest, professional characteristics and interest of significant others in children 47.3 2.73 (1.25) 41.0 2.57 (1.32) 60.0 3.04 (1.05) 0.09 0.09 45.7 2.778 (1.29) 50.0 2.64 (1.14) 46.2 2.75 (1.37) 0.93 0.91
Family influence 42.9 1.42 (1.48) 42.6 1.41 (1.58) 43.3 1.45 (1.30) 0.95 0.90 42.9 1.46 (1.59) 40.0 1.37 (1.48) 46.2 1.44 (1.40) 0.90 0.97