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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
nursing student psychology, psychological aspects of nursing, stress
A study of 95 baccalaureate degree nursing students was conducted to identify amount of stress experienced in an initial and final clinical experience. The students' appraisal of stress as threatening or challenging was determined along with the mediating variable of hardiness. First semester medical-surgical clinical students (n = 54) and final semester medical-surgical clinical students (n = 41) completed a Clinical Stress Questionnaire and a hardiness measure.
Statistical analysis showed significantly (p< 0.05) more reported stress among final semester clinical students. Final semester clinical students also reported significantly more stress as treat than first semester students. The two groups did not differ significantly on the variables of hardiness, commitment and control. The challenge trait was significantly higher in the first semester student group.
As an entire group, hardiness was negatively related to the evaluation of threat (r = -0.3017) and younger students possessed more of the challenge personality trait. Single students reported greater threat, general stress, and lower total hardiness than married students.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nursing students -- Psychology
Nursing -- Psychological aspects
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1992 Lucinda Mehl. All rights reserved
Mehl, Lucinda K., "The Relationship of Hardiness to Student Appraisal of Stress in a First and Final Clinical Nursing Situation" (1992). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 762.