Nursing Staff Stress From Caregiving and Attitudes Toward Family Members of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia in Korea
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- Park, Myong Hwa
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- Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine nursing staff stress with their caregiving roles and
attitudes toward family members of nursing home residents in Korea.
Methods The sample consisted of 267 nursing staff members from 10 long-term care facilities. Participants
completed the Caregiver Stress Inventory and the Attitudes About Family Checklist.
Results The mean score on the total Caregiver Stress Inventory was 4.34 for nurses and 4.53 for nursing
assistants (t=−1.42, p = .161). Nursing assistants reported higher stress levels than nurses from caring for
the residents with aggressive behaviors (t=−2.28, p = .040). In contrast, nurses reported higher stress levels
regarding resources deficiency (t = 2.18, p = .045). The mean score on the data from the Attitudes About
Family Checklist was 4.45 for nurses and 3.56 for nursing assistants (t = 2.52, p = .025), indicating that
nursing assistants reported more negative attitudes toward family members of residents with dementia.
Conclusions The findings in this study showed a need for systematic educational programs for staff to
enhance their dementia care knowledge, alleviate their stress, and finally change positively their attitudes
toward family. As the number of dementia patients in long-term care facilities increases, it will be important
for staff members to develop individually satisfying and mutually acceptable caregiving roles. [Asian
Nursing Research 2010;4(3):130–141]
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