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individuals aged 30-39 had the highest mean ATLG score at 55; individuals aged 40-49 had a mean ATLG of 37; individuals aged 50-59 had a mean ATLG of 50; finally, individuals who reported their age as greater than 60 had a mean ATLG of 43. Tukey’s post-hoc analysis indicated statistically significant (p < .05) differences between the age groups 20-29 and 30-39 and 30-39 and 40-49.

Statistically significant differences (F (5, 158) = 3.4, p < .05) were also found in the mean ATLG score of the sample’s various ethnicities. Of individuals identifying their race/ethnicity, Caucasians scored lowest on the ATLG at 42; African Americans highest at 61. Hispanics and Asians had a mean ATLG score of 52 and 54 respectively. Finally, those individuals who indicated their race/ethnicity as “other” had a mean ATLG of 26. Tukey’s post-hoc analysis indicated that individual differences in the mean ATLG scores between the ethnicities were not statistically significant (p > .05).

Differences in mean ATLG scores between the different levels of education in the sample were not statistically significant (F (6, 156) = 1.7, p > .05) Nurses who indicated an education at the diploma level had a mean ATLG score of 46 while nurses with an associate degree had a mean ATLG score of 42. Nurses who indicated the highest level of education as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) had a mean ATLG of 48. Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) had a mean ATLG of 37 while the 3 nurses educated at the doctoral level had the highest mean ATLG score of 60.

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