Use of Two Data Collection Strategies to Evaluate Stressors and Coping in Spouses of Patients Sustaining a Myocardial Infarction
Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Sue W. Young
Linda L. Davis
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Special Collections LD4331.N8S76
This study compared stressors and coping mechanisms identified by spouses of myocardial infarction (MI) patients in a close-ended, self-administered questionnaire (SAS) and an open-ended, nurse-administered questionnaire (NAS). Twenty female participants were divided into two groups and completed the NAS, SAS, and demographic information. The purpose of dividing the group was to explore possible experimenter effect. One group was administered the NAS preceding the SAS. The second group completed the SAS preceding the NAS. Qualitative analysis revealed equivalent stressors and coping mechanisms identified by the NAS and SAS. Stressors related to the MI decreased over time for spouses whose husbands made steady progress after their MIs. Coping mechanisms were relatively stable over time. Participants indicated difficulty mobilizing coping strategies immediately following the MI. The researcher concluded that a close-ended questionnaire can be utilized to obtain complete assessment data. A longitudinal study utilizing a larger sample was recommended.
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Stockho, Pamalla M..
"Use of Two Data Collection Strategies to Evaluate Stressors and Coping in Spouses of Patients Sustaining a Myocardial Infarction"
(1986). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Thesis, Nursing, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/0hcc-6n88