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Table 2 Factor loadings* on study motives amongst senior dental students in Nigeria (n = 179)

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

Statements Factors
1 2 3 4
High income from practicing dentistry *0.676 0.139 0.256 0.214
Ability to be self-employed *0.746 0.342 0.205 0.013
Social status of being a dentist *0.736 0.402 0.129 0.145
Helping people to improve their oral health 0.439 *0.633 0.172 0.008
Playing a role in community health promotion 0.336 *0.677 0.219 0.103
Being a researcher in the field of dentistry 0.373 *0.604 0.233 0.084
Existence of artistic theme in dentistry 0.269 0.332 *0.618 0.186
Parents’ recommendation 0.134 0.090 0.147 *0.659
Percentage of variance explained 0.41 0.31 0.21 0.17
Percentage of cumulative variance explained 0.41 0.72 0.93 1.11
Cronbach Alpha 0.89 0.83 - -
  1. 1- Job security and social status; 2 – Altruism and intellectual challenges; 3 - Existence of artistic theme in dentistry; 4 - Parents’ recommendation.