2009, Cilt 16, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 022-033
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Levels of Nursing and Midwifery Students
Uz. Hem.Feray DİNÇER1, Doç. Dr. Gürsel ÖZTUNÇ2
1 Adana Doğum ve Çocuk Bakımevi Hastanesi,, Adana
2 Çukurova Üniversitesi Adana Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Adana
Keywords: Assertiveness, self-esteem, nursing students, midwifery students

Nursing and midwifery education is a difficult and stressful process. In this process, nursing and midwifery students are expected to have a high self-confidence, to express themselves, to communicate effectively, and to be able to defend his/her herself. The population of our descriptive study, which was conducted to determine self-esteem and assertiveness levels of nursing and midwifery students, consisted of the students of Çukurova University Adana Health College. Data is collected by questionnaire to determine the socio-demographic characteristics of students, Stanley Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (SEI) and Rathus Assertiveness Schedule (RAS). It has been found that 61.4% of the students had a high level of self-essteem and 70.7% of them was found to be assertive. The SEI scores of midwifery department students were higher than nursing department students (p<0.05). It has also been found that SEI is affected by the high school from which students graduate, the number of the children in the family, the place where they grew up, and the amount of monthly income they described; RAS was affected from the place where they grew up and their mothers' educational status (p<0.05).