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|Title:||Sociodemographic background and career decisions of Australian and New Zealand dental students|
|Citation:||Journal of Dental Education, 2006; 70(2):169-178|
|Publisher:||American Association of Dental Schools|
|Rodrigo J. Mariño, Michael V. Morgan, Tracey Winning, W. Murray Thomson, Roderick I. Marshall, Theo Gotjamanos, Wendell Evans|
|Abstract:||This article describes the sociodemographic and career selection characteristics of dental students in Australia and New Zealand. A total of 672 dental students participated in the study. The survey covered age, language proficiency, type of school attended, place of residence, parental occupation, and level of education. The respondents had an average age of twenty-two years, with a range of eighteen to fifty. Fifty-six percent of respondents were female, and approximately half had completed secondary education in private schools with 44.3 percent having finished in public schools. The majority of students lived with their parents, with only a few respondents reporting a rural home address (6.8 percent). The majority of students (65.3 percent) had placed dentistry as their first career choice and had most likely made the decision after leaving high school or near the end of high school (81.4 percent), with self-motivation being the major influence on their decision. This study provides a description of the sociodemographic profile of Australian and New Zealand dental students and provides a better understanding of career decision issues. It also highlights areas for further investigation and management by educational institutions and public policy.|
|Keywords:||sociodemographic profile; dental students; Australia; New Zealand; career decision|
|Rights:||Copyright © 2006 American Dental Education Association|
|Appears in Collections:||Dentistry publications|
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