Perceptions of stressors and reported coping strategies in nurses caring for residents with Alzheimer's disease in a dementia unit

Clinton, M., Moyle, W., Weir, D., & Edwards, H. E. (1995) Perceptions of stressors and reported coping strategies in nurses caring for residents with Alzheimer's disease in a dementia unit. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 4(1), pp. 5-13.

Abstract

A study was undertaken on the perceptions of stressors and coping behaviours in a group of nurses caring for residents with Alzheimer's disease in a dementia unit. The purpose of this paper is to report on the preliminary findings of the study. Repertory grid data were used to explore how nurses perceive residents, the stressors nurses experience in their work, and the coping strategies nurses use when caring for residents. The nurses identified 92 sources of stress, 683 coping behaviours and 708 coping strategies. Analyses of selected repertory grid data are presented and the stressors reported by the nurses are summarized. The coping strategies the nurses report using are classified into categories of adaptive and maladaptive responses to stress. In addition, the nursing implications of the coping strategies used by the nurses are also considered.

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ID Code: 57242
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1324-3780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2013 07:03
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 07:03

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