Title

The Relationship Between Satisfaction With Graduate Nursing Education and Psychological Types In Graduate Nursing Students

Date of Award

1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

John R. Rachal

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The general purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between graduate nursing students' satisfaction with graduate nursing education and their psychological types. In addition, the selected graduate nursing student variables of age, basic preparation, years of practice, years since last educational experience, study area, role preparation, credit hours completed, and program were examined for their predictive relationship of satisfaction in graduate nursing education. During the 1991 summer quarter 85 graduate nursing students participated in this correlational research study. The subjects completed a descriptive data form, the Study Attitudes Scale (SAS) of the Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes - Form C (SSHA, Brown & Holtzman, 1953/1965) to measure satisfaction, and the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI, Briggs-Myers & McCaulley, 1985) to measure psychological types. The following findings resulted from the analysis of the data collected as initially proposed: there is no significant relationship between satisfaction with graduate nursing education and psychological types in graduate nursing students; and there is no significant relationship between satisfaction in graduate nursing education and the aforementioned selected graduate nursing student variables either as a composite set or independently. However, upon other examination of the data, statistical significance was found in the total sample--both master's and doctoral students--with the SAS sub-scale, Education Acceptance (EA), and the composite set of independent variables (p =.0428). The doctoral students, when examined separately from the master's students, had statistically significant correlations in the measurements of the EA sub-scale (p =.0137) and the overall SAS (p =.0476) with the composite set of independent variables. Recommendations for further research are presented.