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Table 7 Motive scale percentage distribution and mean distribution of the final year dental students with positive opinion about paediatric dental practice (n = 179)

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

Opinion about paediatric dental practice   Sex Age
All Men Women P > 27 yrs 27-29 yrs < 29 years P
% Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD) % Mean (SD)
Essence of paediatric dentistry (Useful for the community, Prestigious, Essential, Efficient, Scientific, Attractive, Valuable) 49.7 0.50 (0.50) 50.0 0.49 (0.50) 49.3 0.51 (0.50) 0.93 0.83 50.7 0.5 (0.50) 42.1 0.4 (0.49) 57.8 0.6 (0.50) 0.28 0.14
Perception of paediatric dental practice (Simple, not costly) 48.0 0.37 (0.49) 47.2 0.40 (0.49) 49.3 0.34 (0.48) 0.78 0.47 48.1 0.38 (0.49) 43.9 0.32 (0.47) 53.3 0.44 (0.50) 0.64 0.41