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Comparative study of stress and coping between nurses working with children and nurses working with elderly
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Differences between strain, role stress and coping were studied on nurses, who care for children and elderly. The sample consisted of 18 nurses, who worked with children and 48 who worked with elderly. Psychological strain, two dimensions of role stress: role conflict and role ambiguity, and coping were mapped with a survey. Coping was measured qualitatively. The results indicated that nurses who worked with elderly experienced significantly more physical strain. Psychological strain was high for both groups. Nurses, who worked with children, on the other hand, experienced significantly more role ambiguity, had greater risk for burnout and had poorer definition of responsibility and explanation about what has to be done in their work. They also thought about work significantly more during their leisure time, than nurses from the other group. Coping was similar in both groups. Nurses experienced that talking with co-workers was a good coping strategy, which is categorized as emotion-focused coping. Hospital nurses from two different organizations experienced that they had enough support from administration, but many nurses from the third organization, which was an old peoples’ home, were not satisfied with their support from administration. The results showed that organizations can influence a great deal to diminish nurses’ strain and help them cope from a stressful situation. A majority of the differences occurred because of the organizations.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, strain, role stress, burnout, coping
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-56979ISRN: LTU-C/DUPP--05/17--SELocal ID: db3e0921-bed7-4b50-b05e-8f9396ea2930OAI: diva2:1030366
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Psychology, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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