ERIC Number: ED410899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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A Study of Cognitive and Noncognitive Predictors of Academic Success in Nursing, Allied Health and Medical Students. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Lyons, Kevin J.; Young, Barbara E.; Haas, Patricia S.; Hojat, Mohammadreza; Bross, Theodore M.
This study, a collaborative undertaking between the college of health professions and the medical college at Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania), was part of a larger project intended to examine whether a selected set of academic, demographic, and psychosocial variables are predictive of nursing and allied health student academic performance. The study compared psychosocial profiles of 71 female medical students with 182 female students in nursing and allied health fields. The survey instrument measured: loneliness, test anxiety, general anxiety, self-esteem, extroversion, external locus of control, neuroticism, stressful life events, and depression. Results indicated that medical, nursing, and allied health students differed considerably on a number of measures. Female allied health and nursing students appeared to be more depressed than female medical students, while female medical students had greater perceptions of general health and closer relationships with their fathers. The study also found a significant relationship in the expected direction between grade point average and stressful life events, test anxiety, perception of health, and self esteem. An unexpected finding was that the correlation between transfer grade point average and first semester grade point average was not significant. Six data tables are included. (Contains 21 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Allied Health Occupations Education, Analysis of Covariance, Correlation, Females, Grade Point Average, Grade Prediction, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Medical Students, Multiple Regression Analysis, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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