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Heo: A Study on Interpersonal Relation Disposition, Critical Thinking Disposition, and Communication Competence in Undergraduate Students in Nursing



The purpose of this study was to identify interpersonal relation disposition, critical thinking disposition, and communication competence in undergraduate students in nursing practicums.


Study participants were 170 junior and senior nursing students who were in a nursing practicum. Collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation, and multiple regression with IBM SPSS statistics version 21.


Dominant-ascendant (β=.25, p=.011), sympathetic-acceptable (β=.34, p<.001) and social-friendly (β=.18, p=.024) of the interpersonal relation dispositions and Intellectual integrity (β=.17, p=.027), open-mindedness (β=.15, p=.024), Prudence (ß=.16, p=.016), and Inquisitiveness (β=.21, p=.008) of the Critical thinking dispositions were identified as important predictors of communication competences.


Considering the rapidly changing variation of dispositions according to generation, research on interpersonal relation disposition, critical thinking disposition, and communication competence through in-depth study with multi-faceted approaches should be continued.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

General Characteristics of Participants (N=170)

Table 2

Interpersonal Relation Disposition, Critical Thinking Disposition, and Communication Competence

Table 3

Correlations among and Interpersonal Relation Disposition, Critical Thinking Disposition and Communication Competence


SD=Self-disclosure; EPT=Empathy & perspective-taking; SR=Social relaxation; AT=Assertiveness; Conc=Concentration; IM=Interaction management; Exp.=Expressiveness; Sup.=Supportiveness; Immed.=Immediacy; Ef.=Efficiency; SA=Social appropriatencess; CC=Conversational coherence; GD=Goal detection; Res.=Responsiveness; NC=Noise control.

Table 4

Regression Analysis on Influential Factors of Communication Competence

Table 5

Regression Analysis on Influential Factors of Communication Competence



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