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Purpose: This research aimed to investigate the effects of studyinga course of self-development follow the principle of religion onself-esteem and happiness in nursing students.
Design: A quasi- experimental study design.
Methods: A study sample consisted of 127 third year nursingstudents from a faculty of nursing in Bangkok. They were dividedinto intervention (n = 66) and control group (n = 61). Theintervention group attended a 54-hour course of self-developmentfollow the principle of religion. The control group attendedanother courses. The research instruments included a studentinformation form, a self-esteem questionnaire, and a happinessindex. For both intervention and control groups, a set ofquestionnaires were administered at baseline and after thecompletion of the course. Descriptive statistics and t-test wereused for data analysis.
Main findings: Upon completion of the self-development course,nursing students participating in the course had significantlyincreased self esteem and happiness when compared to those inthe control group.
Conclusion and recommendations: The findings support thebenefits of the course of self-development follow the principle ofreligion for enhancing the self-esteem and happiness in nursingstudents. Encouraging the nursing students to enroll this course ishighly recommended.
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