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Attitudes of sophomore nursing students towards mental illness prior to their actual clinical exposure.

Author

Julie Chu,
Salome Mendoza,
Luz Consolacion Medina,
Jessica Su

Related Institution

College of Nursing - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
BS
Specialization
Nursing
Publication Date
June 1981

Abstract

This research study was done to assess the attitudes of the second year nursing students of the Cebu Doctors' College of Nursing towards mental illness prior to their clinical exposure. This utilized the nonexperimental design.


The problem is:


                       "What are the attitudes of second year nursing students towards mental illness prior to their actual  clinical exposure.


This research work was conducted at Cebu Doctors' College of Nursing. The study subjects were the Theta class of 1983 who answered the questionnaires based on a prepared tool by Dr. Stephen Ring after a permit from the Dean of the college was sought. The responses of the study subjects for each statement were tallied and the researchers computed the percentages of the study subjects positive and negative attitudes based on teh age distribution and ordinal position of the study subjects.


The results showed that based on age distribution and attitudes towards mental illness. 62% of the study subjects had positive attitudes; 31% had negative attitudes while 7% were undecided. For ordinal position and attitudes towards mental illness, 63% of the study subjects had positive attitudes; 32% had negative attitudes and 5% were undecided.


The group recommended that a follow-up study particularly on theses study subjects after their theory and clinical exposure to psychiatric nursing be done to determine if a change in attitude is present. A replication using the first year nursing students as study subjects is also recommended to find out if the responsed of the study subjects are similar of different.

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