Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
First Committee Member
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To discuss sources of stress for parents, a convenience sample of 47 parents of infants admitted to a NICU was obtained to complete questionnaires pertaining to different possible sources of stress. The questionnaires included the Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Parent/Child Uncertainty in Illness Scale; The parents of preterm infants had higher mean scores for each of the PSS:NICU sub-scales than parents of full-term NICU infants with the difference significant for the sub-scale Role Alteration; The Parent/Child Uncertainty in Illness Scale was utilized in conjunction with the PSS:NICU to further validate the later instrument. The PCUS closely correlated with the PSS:NICU sub-scale of Staff Relations. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).
Affecting; Environmental; Identifying; Infant; NICU; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Parent; Stressors; State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; Parental Stressor Scale
Nursing; Social psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Mattson, Donna Gaynelle, "Identifying environmental stressors affecting parents with an infant in the Nicu" (1989). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 68.