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An explanation of the coping strategies used by Community Psychiatric Nurses in Wales

Coyle, D., Edwards, Deborah Jayne ORCID:, Hannigan, Ben ORCID:, Burnard, Philip and Fothergill, A. 2000. An explanation of the coping strategies used by Community Psychiatric Nurses in Wales. Nursing and Health Sciences 2 (1) , pp. 59-67. 10.1046/j.1442-2018.2000.00040.x

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Six hundred and fourteen Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) were surveyed to estimate the extent to which they used various coping strategies in order to reduce occupation-related stress. A questionnaire booklet, which included a number of validated measures and the Psychnurse methods of coping questionnaire, were used. ‘Having a stable home life that was separate from work’ and ‘knowing that my life outside of work is healthy, enjoyable and worthwhile’ were methods used most in order to cope with work-based stress. ‘Through having team supervision’ and ‘by having confidential one to one supervision’ were the methods used the least. The mean overall coping scores were significantly higher for females and those who felt that they had job security. Those people who scored higher on the coping test instrument were significantly more likely to be older and have worked within the field of community mental health for longer. The current drive towards clinical supervision promoted through policy initiatives, appears not to be supported by these findings. The implications for CPN services and for further study are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation psychological; mental health services; psychiatric nursing; stress psychological
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1442-2018
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:32

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