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DURAN PARRA, Myriam. Values in nursing students in Universidad de Santander. av.enferm. [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.1, pp.11-24. ISSN 0121-4500.

This investigation was made to validate J. L. Valdez"s values instrument, "Ethical Values in Mexican Adolescents". At the same time, we tried to describe the values of the nursery students of Universidad de Santander. This was a correlational methodological study, made in three different stages: the first one was the documental and conceptual revision on ethics and values; the second one, determined the validity y trustability of J. L. Valdez"s instrument; and on the third stage, the instrument was applied on the selected sample. The population and sample consisted on the students of the Nursing Program in Universidad de Santander. The results showed that there are different approaches and theoretical stances on the subject of values. Facial validity obtained a 100% acceptability; Content, obtained a general rate of 0.62 for pertinency and relevance (according to two of the experts); Construct, reached the four factors defined by J. L. Valdez"s theory: Affiliative, Religious, Personal Development and Normative Social; internal consistency was 0.88. The value for Obedience was statistically significative among first semesters students. As for genre, females received higher scores for God and Spirituality values. It is concluded that, despite the cultural differences, some values prevail without regard to this distinction, that is how the female population gave more importance to the ethical-moral factor. On the other hand, the test made on J. L. Valdez"s values instrument recommend its use on future investigations on this matter. According to the discussion held with the experts and the obtained data, ethical values present in nursery students of this educational institute are Obedience and Truth.

Keywords : Ethics; Validity of Tests; Students; Nursing.

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