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The relationship among self-esteem, life-satisfaction and stress coping style of dental hygiene students

Lee, Ga-ryoung 1

1울산과학대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives : This study aimed to determine the effects of stress coping type on self-esteem and satisfaction with life in dental hygiene students. In particular, an attempt is made to determine the effects of sub-factors of stress coping type on self-esteem and satisfaction with life, get a better understanding of self-esteem and satisfaction with life for dental hygiene students, and provide basic data in developing a program that can identify, prevent, and control the problems with stress for dental hygiene students. Methods : This is descriptive correlation research to determine the relations between self-esteem and stress coping type in dental hygiene students. 212 dental hygiene students at colleges in Ulsan Metropolitan City were asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire from June 10 to 20, 2013; then, 209 copies were used in analysis, with the exception of 3 copies which were excluded from recording. Results : Self-esteem and satisfaction with life were positively affected by active stress coping but were negatively affected by passive stress coping. As for such sub-factors of stress coping type as problem-focused coping, pursuit of social support, emotional relief coping, and hopeful thinking, the sub-factors of active coping type also positively affected self-esteem and satisfaction with life. Self-esteem interacted with the sub-factors of stress coping type and satisfaction with life. Conclusions : Since stress coping type was found to be a factor affecting self-esteem and satisfaction with life for students, the results of this study are expected to be used as basic data in developing a program that can help them cope actively with stress.

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