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Introduction: Waste disposal is recognized as a huge environmental problem and harmful to human beings as well as other living creatures. Correct and proper waste management can minimize the impact of waste on the environment and human health. Research objective: This study aimed to investigate factors influencing solid waste disposal management behavior of nursing students, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok. Research methodology: A simple random sampling technique was used to recruit 290 nursing students in years 1-4 of academic year 2018.A response rate was 100 percent. Data were collected using a set of questionnaires with rating scale. KR-20 was used to test for a reliability of the waste knowledge questionnaire, and it was reported as 0.78. Regarding the reliability of parenting style, attitude towards solid waste management behavior, behavior of participation in waste management and solid waste disposal behavior, their Cronbach’s alpha values were 0.775, 0.733, 0.672, and 0.693, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (frequencies, percentage, mean, standard deviation) and inferential statistics (stepwise multiple regression analysis). Results: Results showed that factors influencing behavior of solid waste disposal management among nursing students were behavior of participation in solid waste management (ß = 0.245), parenting styles (ß = 0.168), and attitude towards solid waste management behavior (ß = 0.166). These factors were statistically significantly together explained 14% (R2 = 0.14) of the variance in behavior of solid waste disposal management with a standard error of prediction (S.E. est.) as 0.231. Conclusions: This research showed that participation in solid waste management was important factor influencing behavior of solid waste disposal management. Implications: The findings of this study suggest that the college should encourage nursing students to engage in waste management practices and promote awareness of solid waste management.
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