Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Second Advisor

Kay Reick

Third Advisor

Rodney Mulder


Research suggests that the hardiness characteristic acts as a buffer in the stress/illness relationship. The purpose of this study was to assess the presence of hardiness and examine its relationship to the amount of anticipatory nausea and vomiting experienced within a sample of patients receiving cisplatin chemotherapy. It was hypothesized that individuals with a high level of hardiness would experience less anticipatory nausea and vomiting than individuals with a low level of hardiness.; A prospective descriptive correlational design was utilized. A convenience sample of adults with cancer (n = 29) receiving cisplatin intravenously was studied. All patients were assessed via two measurement tools: the Health Related Hardiness Scale (Pollock, 1984) and the Rhodes Index of Nausea and Vomiting Form 2 (Rhodes, Watson, Johnson, Madsen, & Beck, 1987). The hypothesis was not supported as being statistically significant, however, there was a greater tendency for those who were hardy to experience less anticipatory nausea and vomiting.


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