2020, Cilt 7, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 057-066
Social Skill Levels of Nursing Students and Affecting Factors
Arzu YÜKSEL1, Saadet ERZİNCANLI2
1Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Aksaray Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Aksaray, Türkiye
2Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Aksaray Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Aksaray, Türkiye
Keywords: Nursing students, social competence, social skills

Aim: The study was conducted to determine the level of social skill levels of nursing students and affecting factors.

Material and Methods: In this descriptive study, 249 students studying in the nursing department of a faculty of health sciences constituted the sample of the study. The data were analyzed by percentage, mean, Mann Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis tests.

Results: It was determined that the social skill levels of nursing students were moderate (277.39±24.47), the highest mean score was obtained from the social control subscale (51.42±8.20) and the lowest mean score was taken from the affective control subscale (42.41±6.72). It was found that the students’ age, their economic perceptions, the high school they graduated from and the place they stayed during their university life did not affect the social skill inventory total score averages. Male students had higher affective control subscale scores than female students. It was found that the students who were involved in social activity had higher scores in emotional expressivity, social expressivity, social control and total social skills inventory than those who were not in social activity.

Conclusion: It was determined that the social skill levels of nursing students were at the middle level. It is recommended to prepare training programs in which students can continue their existing social skills and gain new skills.