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Table 3 Motive scale percentage distribution and mean for the final year dental students (n = 179) according to their four top-ranked motive to study dentistry and their background factors

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

Motives All (N = 179) Sex Age
Men (N = 106) Women (N = 73) P < 27 yrs (n = 77) 27-29 yrs (n = 57) > 29 years (n = 45) P
% Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean
Characteristics of the profession 47.5 2.26 (1.72) 49.1 2.3 (1.78) 45.2 2.16 (1.63) 0.61 0.53 45.5 2.11 (1.78) 47.4 2.30 (1.65) 51.1 2.84 (1.71) 0.83 0.50
Altruism and intellectual challenges 45.3 2.31 (1.64) 50.0 2.43 (1.67) 38.4 2.12 (1.58) 0.12 0.21 36.4 2.09 (1.62) 47.4 2.32 (1.64) 57.8 2.67 (1.65) 0.07 0.17
Existence of artistic theme in dentistry 41.3 1.97 (1.90) 39.6 2.02 (2.00) 43.8 1.90 (1.77) 0.57 0.66 42.9 1.92 (1.87) 36.8 1.49 (1.70) 44.4 2.64 (2.05) 0.70 0.01
Parents’ recommendation 40.7 1.60 (1.74) 49.1 1.52 (1.66) 50.7 1.73 (1.84) 0.83 0.43 50.7 1.65 (1.75) 38.6 1.51 (1.72) 62.2 1.64 (1.76) 0.06 0.88