Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Emily Droste-Bielak

Second Advisor

Theresa Bacon-Baguley

Third Advisor

Ruth Ann Brintnall


A descriptive, correlational design was used to examine the relationship between use of the 8 coping strategies as identified by Jalowiec (1987) and quality of life (QOL). In addition, relationships and differences among demographic variables and stressors, as well as answers to open ended questions were examined. Thirty-nine Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) recipients who were {dollar}\ge{dollar}1 year post implant completed the Jalowiec Coping Scale, a revised Quality of Life Index Scale, and an informational questionnaire. Betty Neuman's conceptual framework for nursing provided the theoretical framework for this study.; There were no statistically significant results found from the data of this study. However, it was discovered that ICD recipients rated an overall high QOL (mean = 68, range 0-100). It was noted that the 3 most used coping strategies were optimistic, supportant, and self-reliant. Subjects responses to the open ended questions were similar to those that have been noted in the literature.


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