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Table 8 Distribution (%) of the responses to the presented motives for interest in paediatric dentistry among Nigerian senior dental students with interest in paediatric dentistry (n = 91), and the mean scores given to each motive

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

Statements Mean score Frequency (%) of choices
0 1 2 3 4 5
Parent(s) practice paediatric dentistry 1.48 37.5 26.4 11.4 10.2 5.7 9.1
Friends’ or relatives’ practice paediatric dentistry 1.43 38.6 26.1 12.5 8.0 5.7 9.1
Personal interest in paediatric dentistry 2.44 25.0 12.5 11.3 17.1 12.5 21.6
General interest in working with children 2.67 14.8 17.1 20.4 9.1 11.4 27.3
Experience with working with children 2.47 20.5 14.8 12.5 19.3 15.9 17.1
High income from practicing paediatric dentistry 1.03 64.8 8.0 9.1 3.4 6.8 8.0
Ability to be self-employed 2.42 19.3 13.6 21.6 13.6 14.8 17.1
Social status of being a paedodontists 1.83 31.8 14.8 18.2 18.2 8.0 9.1
Helping children to improve their health 2.82 15.1 13.6 13.6 11.4 20.5 25.0
Becoming a researcher in the field of paediatric dentistry 2.43 17.1 19.3 15.9 15.9 14.8 17.1