Sue Handke

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing


The purpose of this study is to (a) determine the level of competence that nurse practitioners have regarding domestic violence, and (b) to determine if there is a correlation between years of practice, domestic violence education and their competence in the diagnosis and treatment of domestic violence. The study was a Directional Hypotheses. Two tools were used to obtain information regarding nurse practitioner's knowledge of domestic violence. The Nurse Practitioner Performance Tool and Nurse Practitioner Survey was sent to 145 Family Nurse Practitioners and Adult Nurse Practitioners licensed in a Midwest state. Older age was positively associated with a lower diagnosis score. There was a positive linear relationship with the Bachelor of Science or less prepared nurse practitioner, the older they were the higher their intervention score was. There was a negative linear relationship with the masters prepared nurse practitioner, the older they were the less their intervention score was. Education was a significant predictor of a higher intervention score. The effect of education was dependent on age.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Family violence
Victims of family violence -- Medical care
Nurse practitioners



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South Dakota State University