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J Dent Assoc S Afr. 1992 Dec;47(12):509-12.

Choosing dentistry as a career--Part II--The meaning of motives.

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Department of Community Dentistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


This part of the study points out that concepts such as service to others, the need for regular working hours, financial security and independence have different meanings for different people. What is ultimately shown however, is that despite group and meaning differences, motives for a career choice in dentistry appear to operate on two levels. The first is on the level of the rational and the conscious and the second on the level of the irrational and the subconscious. Knowledge of this process has important implications for the selection and training of students.

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