Date of Award

1995

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Andrea Bostrom

Second Advisor

Linda Nicholson Grinstead

Third Advisor

Sandra Portko

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between the level of codependent behavior and the level of differentiation of self among nursing students. This study employed a descriptive correlational design. The convenience sample of 241 nursing students (221 female, 20 male, ages 18-55) from associate degree, diploma, and baccalaureate degree nursing programs completed, by self-report, the Friel Adult Child/Codependent Assessment Inventory (Friel & Friel, 1988), the Haber Level of Differentiation of Self Scale (Haber, 1990), and an author created respondent characteristics questionnaire. There was a significant moderate negative correlation between the level of codependent behavior and the level of differentiation of self (r = {dollar}-{dollar}.4506, df = 233, p =.000). There was a significant, moderate positive correlation between codependency and stress (r =.3836, df = 237, p =.000) and a significant, weak positive correlation between codependency and illness (r =.2184, df = 239, p =.001).

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