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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of RTMSs (N = 230)

From: Attitude towards working in rural areas: a cross-sectional survey of rural-oriented tuition-waived medical students in Shaanxi, China

Variable N (%) Intention of breaking contract P-value Intention of remaining after contract expires P-value
Yes No Yes No Unsure
Gender
 Male 77 (33.5) 75 (97.4) 2 (2.6) 0.038 0 61 (79.2) 16 (20.8) 0.011
 Female 153 (66.5) 138 (90.2) 15 (9.8) 3 (2.0) 92 (60.1) 58 (37.9)
Location of hometown
 Rural 189 (82.2) 174 (92.1) 15 (7.9) 0.386 2 (1.1) 120 (63.5) 67 (35.4) 0.064
 Urban 41 (17.8) 39 (95.1) 2 (4.9) 1 (2.4) 33 (80.5) 7 (17.1)
Family monthly income
 No regular income 135 (58.7) 126 (93.3) 9 (6.7) 0.453 0 84 (62.2) 51 (37.8) 0.001
  ≤ 3000 Yuan 53 (23.0) 50 (94.3) 3 (5.7) 0 40 (75.5) 13 (24.5)
  > 3001 Yuan 42 (18.3) 37 (88.1) 5 (11.9) 3 (7.1) 29 (69.0) 10 (23.8)
Father’s occupation
 Farmer 184 (80.0) 170 (92.4) 14 (7.6) 0.589 3 (1.6) 116 (63.0) 65 (35.3) 0.019
 Worker 32 (13.9) 31 (96.9) 1 (3.1) 0 30 (93.8) 2 (6.3)
 Individual businessman 6 (2.6) 5 (83.3) 1 (16.7) 0 4 (66.7) 2 (33.3)
 Other 8 (3.5) 7 (87.5) 1 (12.5) 0 3 (37.5) 5 (62.5)
Father’s education
 Postsecondary or above 31 (13.5) 28 (90.3) 3 (9.7) 0.409 3 (9.7) 25 (80.6) 3 (9.7) 0.000
 Senior high school 30 (13.0) 26 (86.7) 4 (13.3) 0 12 (40.0) 18 (60.0)
 Junior high school 121 (52.6) 115 (95.0) 6 (5.0) 0 84 (69.4) 37 (30.6)
 Primary school or below 48 (20.9) 44 (91.7) 4 (8.3) 0 32 (66.7) 16 (33.3)
Mother’s occupation
 Farmer 163 (70.9) 149 (91.4) 14 (8.6) 0.571 3 (1.8) 105 (64.4) 55 (33.7) 0.011
 Worker 20 (8.7) 20 (100) 0 0 18 (90.0) 2 (10.0)
 Individual businesswoman 16 (7.0) 15 (93.8) 1 (6.3) 0 15 (93.8) 1 (6.3)
 Other 31 (13.5) 29 (93.5) 2 (6.5) 0 15 (48.4) 16 (51.6)
Mother’s education
 Postsecondary or above 12 (5.2) 12 (100) 0 0.001 1 (8.3) 8 (66.7) 3 (25.0) 0.052
 Senior high school 15 (6.5) 10 (66.7) 5 (33.3) 0 6 (40.0) 9 (60.0)
 Junior high school 93 (40.4) 86 (92.5) 7 (7.5) 2 (2.2) 62 (66.7) 29 (31.2)
 Primary school or below 110 (47.8) 105 (95.5) 5 (4.5) 0 77 (70.0) 33 (30.0)
Total 230 213 (92.6) 17 (7.4)   3 (1.3) 153 (66.5) 74 (32.2)