Motivations for studying dentistry among first-year dental students.

Abstract:

:Reasons for choosing dentistry as a profession were analysed among first-year dental students at the University of Toronto. The motivations of various sub-groups were also examined. It was found that an extrinsic motivation, financial rewards, was the most widespread, although the other widely chosen motivations referred mainly to intrinsic aspects of the profession such as working with and for people, stimulating work, and being autonomous. Cross-tabulation analysis and mutli-variate analysis of the motivations of various socio-demographic sub-groups were carried out. Three sub-groups showed more extrinsic orientations than the class as a whole: those of "other" religious preference; students feeling different from their classmates; and those from medium-sized towns. The most intrinsically oriented groups were: older students; those high in SES; and Jewish students.

journal_name

Med Educ

journal_title

Medical education

authors

Cohen R,Coburn D

doi

10.1111/j.1365-2923.1977.tb00578.x

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1977-03-01 00:00:00

pages

139-50

issue

2

eissn

0308-0110

issn

1365-2923

journal_volume

11

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