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Subjectivity of Nursing Students’ Perception of Happiness


  • Department of Nursing Science, PaiChai University, Republic of Korea


Background/Objectives: This research aims to investigate the status of happiness specifically nursing students perceive by identifying the happiness they recognize. Methods/Statistical Analysis: The study was conducted from June 20 to 31, 2015 through a survey. The purpose and process of the study were explained to the subjects and using a consent form and questionnaire, they were promised anonymity and exclusive use of the data for study purposes only. Findings: A Q factor analysis on the significance of happiness in nursing students showed four subjective types. Of the 25 subjects, there were 4 in type 1, 10 in type 2, 10 in type 3 and 1 in type 4. An analysis of the factor weight and variance for each type showed that the variance for type 1 was 41.81%, for type 2 was 10.10%, for type 3 was 6.15% and for type 4 was 5.48%. Application/ Improvements: Based on the findings, developing a nursing communication method that can help students overcome challenges is suggested.


Happiness, Nursing Students, Perception, Q Methodology, Subjectivity

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