Table 1: General characteristics of the respondents.

Categories Classifications N(%) CPA1 t/F p Scheffe’s Test
Mean(S.D)
Sex Male 35(9.9) 2.86(0.72) -0.551 0.585  
Female 318(90.1) 2.92(0.54)      
Age 18-20 205(58.1) 2.89(0.55) 0.776 0.466  
(years) 21-25 120(34.0) 2.93(0.56)      
  26-51 28(7.9) 3.03(0.66)      
  Mean(S.D) 21.05(3.38)
Year Freshman 141(39.9) 2.92(0.56) 1.261 0.285  
Sophomore 108(30.6) 2.86(0.54)      
Junior 10(29.5) 2.98(0.60)      
Religion NoneA 187(53.0) 2.91(0.58) 0.124 0.946  
ChristianityB 104(29.5) 2.93(0.56)      
CatholicismC 37(10.5) 2.96(0.56)      
BuddhismD 25(7.1) 2.88(0.47)      
Aptitude for nursing InconsistentA 24(6.8) 2.52(0.59) 14.282 <.001 A<C**
IndifferentB 124(35.1) 2.80(0.55)     B<C**
ConsistentC 205(58.1) 3.04(0.54)      
Satisfaction with nursing UnsatisfactoryA 37(10.5) 2.62(0.60) 12.793 <.001 A<C**
So-soB 118(33.4) 2.81(0.53)     B<C**
SatisfactoryC 198(56.1) 3.04(0.55)      
Current Aptitude related 60(17.0) 2.77(0.59) 1.068 0.378  
Difficulties Economic state 93(26.3) 2.97(0.52)      
  Disease in family 6(1.7) 2.88(0.71)      
  The difference of opinion with parents 4(1.1) 3.05(0.70)      
  Career related 147(41.6) 2.94(0.56)      
  Other 43(12.2) 2.92(0.62)      
Satisfaction with university UnsatisfactoryA 80(22.7) 2.75(0.55) 8.612 <.001 A<C**
So-soB 161(45.6) 2.89(0.52)     B<C
SatisfactoryC 112(31.7) 3.09(0.59)      
Certification Yes 57(16.1) 3.14(0.52) 3.24 0.001  
None 296(83.9) 2.88(0.56)      
Reason for studying nursing Consistent with aptitudeA 131(37.1) 3.07(0.56) 4.495 0.001 A>B*
Recommendation from othersB 89(25.2) 2.82(0.53)     A>C*
For employmentC 108(30.6) 2.85(0.52)     A>D*
Based on SAT scoreD 13(3.7) 2.60(0.66)      
OtherE 12(3.4) 2.98(0.84)      
Intention to continue working as a nurse Yes 314(89.0) 2.93(0.56) 1.294 0.196  
No 39(11.0) 2.81(0.58)      
Planned length of time to continue working as a nurse Mean(S.D) 6.75(7.35)

Note 1.p < 0.05*, p < 0.01**
Note 2. †In Levene's homogeneity of variance test, p = .016 is not assumed. All other variables are p > .05 assuming equidistribution

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