Effects of Studying a Course of Self-Development follow the Principle of Religion on Self-Esteem and Happiness in Nursing Students

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Phuangphet Kaesornsamut
Wanna Kongsuriyanavin
Aroonrasamee Bunnag
Arunrat Srichantaranit
Kanjana Krongthammachart
Klinchaba Suvarnarong


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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Kaesornsamut, P., Kongsuriyanavin, W., Bunnag, A., Srichantaranit, A., Krongthammachart, K., & Suvarnarong, K. (2011). Effects of Studying a Course of Self-Development follow the Principle of Religion on Self-Esteem and Happiness in Nursing Students. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 29(3), 151–159. Retrieved from https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/ns/article/view/2886
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