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J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2012 Jun;21(2):149-157. Korean.
Published online June 30, 2012.  https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2012.21.2.149
© 2012 The Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Factors related to Happiness in First year Women Nursing Students
Gyung Hee Kim,1 and Kye Ha Kim2
1Associate Professor, Seoul Women's College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea.
2Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.

Corresponding author: Kim, Kye Ha. Department of Nursing, Chosun University, 375 Seosuk-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju 501-759, Korea. Tel: +82-62-230-6326, Fax: +82-62-230-6329, Email: kyehakim@hanmail.net
Received February 27, 2012; Revised April 17, 2012; Accepted June 25, 2012.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to investigate factors related to happiness in first year women nursing students.

Methods

The sample consisted of 209 first year women nursing students in three colleges located in S and C cities. Data were collected during October and November 2011. The major variables for this study were depression, self-esteem, optimism, interpersonal relation, and happiness. Data were analyzed using descriptive analysis, independent t-test, one-way ANOVA, correlation coefficient, and multiple stepwise regression with SPSS/WIN 17.0.

Results

There were significant differences in student happiness according to economic status, satisfaction with major, satisfaction with the present college, and health status. Happiness was significantly correlated with depression, self-esteem, optimism, and interpersonal relations. Self-esteem, optimism, interpersonal relations, and satisfaction with major were significant predictors of happiness for first year women nursing students and these four factors accounted for 71% of the variance in happiness.

Conclusion

Self-esteem, optimism, interpersonal relations, and satisfaction with major should be considered when addressing ways to increase happiness in first year women nursing students.

Keywords: Happiness; Depression; Self-concept; Optimism; Interpersonal relations

Tables


Table 1
General Characteristics (N=209)
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Table 2
Levels of Variables (N=209)
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Table 3
Happiness by General Characteristics (N=209)
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Table 4
Correlation among Study Variables (N=209)
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Table 5
Regression Analysis for Happiness (N=209)
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