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The Relationship Between Psychological Distress and Sleep Quality Among Irish Student Nurses

King, Eoin (2019) The Relationship Between Psychological Distress and Sleep Quality Among Irish Student Nurses. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: The current research study sought to investigate the relationship between psychological distress and sleep quality within a student nurse population. The relationships between work schedule, stage of nursing, depression, anxiety and stress were also investigated.

Method: The sample consisted of 216 females and 11 males (N = 227). Age ranged from 18 to 54, mean age (M) = 24 and standard deviation (SD) = 7.05. A convenience sampling technique was used to gather participants. Psychological Distress was measured with The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10), depression, anxiety and stress were measured with The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-42) and sleep quality was measured with The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Age, gender, nationality, work schedule and stage of nursing were included in a general demographic questionnaire.

Results: There was a moderate, positive correlation between psychological distress and levels of sleep quality (r = .35, n = 227, p < .001). There was a significant difference in scores in levels of sleep quality (t(161) = 1.20, p = .23) with shift working student nurses (M = 10.64, SD = 2.70) scoring higher than non-shift working student nurses (M = 10.03, SD = 2.89). There was no statistically significant difference at p > .05 level in (K10) scores for the four groups. F (3, 233) = .18, p = .90. Depression, anxiety and stress revealed no statistically significant differences as measured by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-42) across the four different nurse groups

Conclusion: The implementation of mindfulness and stress management intervention programmes designed for the nursing community empirically reduce psychological distress symptoms and increase patient care quality.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ni Mhaicin
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 09:09
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 09:09

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