This study identifies and analyzes the levels of relations between
self-determination, and health life in nursing students. Methods:
This study was designed as a descriptive research to identify the relations of
nursing students’ decision-making
competency, self-determination, and health life . The subjects
were 187 nursing students. Data were collected using a structured
questionnaire and were analyzed by the IBM SPSS Statistics 19 program. Results:
Decision-making competency of nursing
students was 3.38 ± 0.41 points, and self-determination was 3.07 ± 0.38
points. Stress and physical exercise were the general and health-related
life factors that contributed to the differences in decision-making
competency. There were no differences in self-determination according to these
factors. Conclusion: The results of the study showed that the levels of
decision-making competency and
self-determination in nursing students were moderate. Further studies
are recommended for the development of these core abilities in nursing students.
Cite this paper
Lee, B. and Kim, J. (2013) Decision-making competency, self-determination, and health lifestyle in nursing students. Open Journal of Nursing, 3, 221-226. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2013.32030.
 Kown, D.B., Oh, Y.J., Park, H.M., Son, J.J., and Song, S.H. (2002) An exploring study on determining factors for college student’s degree of educational satisfaction. Journal of Educational Research, 40, 181-202.
 Park, M.J., Ham, Y.L. and Oh, D.N. (2012) Level and their correlations of decision-making-competency, adjustment to college life, satisfaction to college lie in freshman. The Journal of the Korea Contents Association, 12, 327-337. doi:10.5392/JKCA.2012.12.04.327
 Byrnes, J.P. (1998) The nature and development of decision-making: A self-regulation model. Erlbaum, Hillsdale.
 Kuhl, J. (2000) The volitional basis of personality systems interaction theory: Application in learning and treatment contexts. International Journal of Educational Research, 33, 665-703.
 Ironside, P.M. and McNelis, A.M. (2011) Transforming clinical education. Journal of Nursing Education, 50, 123- 124. doi:10.3928/01484834-20110216-01
 Higgs, J., Jones, M.A., Loftus, S. and Christensen, N. (2007) Clinical reasoning in nursing in the health professions. Elsevier, Boston.
 Kim, A.Y. (2003) Motivation in the class. The Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 17, 5-36.
 Ryan, R.M. and Connell, J.P. (1989) Perceived locus of causality and internalization: examining reasons for acting in two domains. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57, 749-761.
 Williams, D.M. (1989) Political theory and individualistic health promotion. Advanced Nursing Science, 12, 14-25.
 Sheldon, K.M., Williams, G.C. and Joiner, T. (2003) Self determination theory in the clinic: motivating physical and mental health. Yale University Press, New Haven.
 Sung, M.H. (2001) Determinants of health promoting life style of nursing students. The Journal of Korean Women’s Health Nursing Academic Society, 7, 317-330.
 So, Y.H. (2011) Analysis of the structural relations among self-determination need, career attitude maturity, career preparatory behaviors, and career decision. The Journal of Vocational Education Research, 30, 117-134.
 Jung, M.N. and Yang, E.J. (2012) The mediating effects of occupational engagement on the relationship between career decision making style and career maturity of college students, Koran Journal of Youth Studies, 19, 47-70.
 Lim, E.M. and Jang, S.S. (2004) The immediate and continuous effects of career information exploration program using internet. The Journal of Korean Educational Psychology, 18, 139-154.
 Miller, D.C. and Byrnes, J.P. (2001) Adolescent’s decision making in social situation: A self-regulation perspective. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 22, 237-256. doi:10.1016/S0193-3973(01)00082-X
 Park, M.J., Oh, D.N., Ham, Y.L., Lim, S.J. and Lim, Y.M. (2012) Reliability and validity of the Decision-Making Competency Inventory (DMCI) in Korean adolescents. Journal of Academy Child Health Nursing, 18, 53-59.
 Lee, N.H. (2007) A study on the relationships of self- determination, self-efficacy and self-regulation of middle school students. MD Thesis, Chonbuk University, Chonbuk.
 Hayamizu, T. (1997) Between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Examination of reasons for academic study based on the theory of internalization. Japanese Psychological Research, 39, 98-108.
 Kim, A.Y. and Oh, S.A. (2001) Classification of motivetion on the continuum of self-determination. Journal of Educational Psychology, 15, 97-119.