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Coping with stressful events: a pre-post-test of a psycho-educational intervention for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students
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Murphy, Margaret M.
Background: Knowledge of coping mechanisms is important for nursing and midwifery students to cope with stressful events during undergraduate education. Objectives: To evaluate the impact of a psycho-educational intervention “Coping with Stressful Events” with first year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. Design: A quasi-experimental, one-group pre-post-test. Settings: One school of nursing/midwifery in one university in Ireland. Participants: A convenience sample of all first year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students (n = 197). Of these 166 completed the pretest and 138 students completed the post test. Methods: Using the COPE Inventory questionnaire (Carver et al., 1989) data was collected pre and post-delivery of the psycho-educational intervention “Coping with Stressful Events” by two research assistants. Data were analysed using the IBM SPSS Statistics version 22 (NY, USA). Results: Results demonstrated improved coping skills by students. There were statistically significant differences between pre and post intervention for some coping subscales. For example, the mean subscale scores were lower post-intervention for restraint and mental disengagement, and higher for use of emotional and instrumental social support indicating improved coping strategies. Conclusions: This intervention has the potential to influence undergraduate nursing and midwifery students coping skills during their first year of an undergraduate programme.
Stress , Coping , Undergraduate students , Nursing , Midwifery , Intervention
McCarthy, B., Trace, A., O'Donovan, M., O'Regan, P., Brady-Nevin, C., O'Shea, M., Martin, A.-M. and Murphy, M. (2018) 'Coping with stressful events: A pre-post-test of a psycho-educational intervention for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students', Nurse Education Today, 61, pp. 273-280. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2017.11.034