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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 243-249
Dentists in India feel hopeless as a fulltime academician: A national survey


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Dr M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Paediatric Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Srinivasan R Samuel
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_746_19

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Aims: Assess the relationship between job satisfaction and feeling of hopelessness among dental academicians. Settings and Design: Cross sectional study was conducted among dental academicians across India through email and social media using a pretested questionnaire. Methods and Materials: An Internet-based cross-sectional survey was conducted among dental academicians via social media and electronic mail (e-mail) throughout India. Demographics, credentials and job satisfaction across five dimensions (working conditions, pay and promotional potential, work relationships, use of skills and abilities and work activities) were rated on a 5-point Likert scale and a sense of hopelessness was assessed using Brief-H-Neg scale. The results were collected using self-reported Google forms. Bivariate and multivariate analysis were performed to identify the risk towards hopelessness, and the relationship between job satisfaction and hopelessness was assessed using student's t-test. Results and Conclusion: The mean hopelessness score among dissatisfied faculty was 8.5 and among satisfied was 5.6 (P < 0.05). Tutors, assistants and associate professors with salary of INR <50000/month were highly dissatisfied (P < 0.05), and those willing to quit reported significantly lesser hopelessness compared to no/maybe. Regarding job satisfaction, greater hopelessness was reported with poor work relationships, poor working conditions and poor pay and promotional opportunities (P < 0.05). Dental academicians in India are highly dissatisfied with their career as a full-time teaching faculty. Willingness to quit has a positive effect on hopelessness, depicting the stress faculties experience in institutions. Job satisfaction among academicians plays a vital role in the student's dental learning experience and dissatisfaction will have huge ramifications on the quality of dental education and future graduates in India.


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