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Table 5 Descriptive statistics on realistic perceptions of PM students

From: Working in preventive medicine or not? Flawed perceptions decrease chance of retaining students for the profession

Subscales Level in the curriculum Interest in PM Willing to work in PM
Junior
N = 873
Senior
N = 513
First-choice
N = 937
Second-choice
N = 432
Willing
N = 821
Not willing
N = 565
n M SD n M SD n M SD n M SD n M SD n M SD
PM knowledge and skills 873 .13 .18 513 .14 .19 937 .13 .19 432 .14 .16 821 .15 .16 565 .11 .22
Basic sciences 868 .30 .36 511 .25 .40 933 .28 .36 429 .30 .40 817 .29 .35 562 .27 .40
Daily work characteristics 864 .24 .20 513 .23 .22 929 .24 .20 431 .23 .22 817 .25 .19 560 .22 .24
Community practice 868 .22 .39 513 .30 .34 934 .23 .38 430 .28 .35 817 .27 .35 564 .22 .40
Clinical practice 867 −.02 .36 513 .01 .33 932 −.02 .34 431 .02 .36 819 −.01 .34 561 −.01 .37
Working stress 855 .15 .43 513 .08 .39 922 .12 .42 430 .12 .41 814 .11 .41 554 .14 .43
Working benefits 826 .87 .47 498 .84 .41 894 .87 .45 414 .82 .44 793 .85 .43 531 .87 .47