Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 134

Full Length Research Paper

Identity, political efficacy and expected political participation among nursing students after 25th January revolution

Ebtsam Aly Abou Hashish
  • Ebtsam Aly Abou Hashish
  • Nursing Administration Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Egypt.
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Neama Mohamed Fouad Kamel
  • Neama Mohamed Fouad Kamel
  • Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 11 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 12 August 2014
  •  Published: 31 October 2014

Abstract

University students' political participation is of great significance to their own growth and it facilitates a country's democratization process. This study was conducted to investigate the relationship of personal and social identity, political efficacy and expected political participation among nursing students after 25th January 2011 Revolution of Egypt. The study was conducted at the Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University.  A random sample of 50% of nursing students (N = 463) who enrolled in the four academic years of the faculty were included with no exclusion criteria. Data were collected in April- June 2011. The main results of the study showed that majority of nursing students perceived themselves as politically effective and have willingness to be active participants in political activities especially after 25th January revolution. In addition to a significant positive correlation between students’ identity and their political efficacy as well as their expected political participation, it is concluded that Nursing Education program  should play a positive role in raising awareness through educating students about concepts of citizenship and the importance of political participation as means to achieve growth and development in their country. Furthermore, the atmosphere of the college may contribute to higher levels of political efficacy through enhancing sense of social and political identity among students.

Key words: 25th January Revolution, politics, political efficacy, political participation, university' students.