Discipline: Social Science
The study describes the relationship between subjective well-being and self-esteem levels of candidate nurses studying at the University of Balikesir and University of Bozok Colleges of Nursing. A total of 338 students enrolled at University of Balikesir, Bandirma College of Nursing and University of Bozok, College of Nursing formed the research sample tested under this study. Data were obtained by employing the “Personal Data Inquiry Form”, “Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory” and “Subjective Well-being Scale”. For the statistical evaluation of data, frequency distribution, t test, one-way analysis of variance and correlation coefficient were used. Of the participants 76.9% female and 23.1% male and the average age was 20.45 years. Most described their levels of income as average (80.2%) and family household relations as being at good levels (78.1%). The study revealed the presence of a positive significant relationship between subjective well-being and self-esteem levels of students. Furthermore, a significant relation was observed also between the subjective well-being and self-esteem levels of students by their perceived income levels and family relations. While a significant difference was observed between the subjective well-being and self-esteem scores by gender, no difference was found to exist between subjective well-being scores. At the end of the study, a significant relationship was found to exist between subjective well-being and self-esteem levels of nursing students.